Feb. 15, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Siena cut an early 21-point deficit to as few as three points late, but Canisius ultimately held off the Saints 75-66 at the Koessler Athletic Center. The final point tally represented the exact final score by which Canisius beat the Saints three weeks ago in Loudonville.
Siena (7-18, 2-14) shot 50% from the field in the second half and 5-8 from three to cut into what had been as big as a 21-point deficit, 39-18 with 1:27 to go in the first half. Junior captain Tehresa Coles drilled a three. capping a 9-0 run to pull Siena as close as 59-56 with 5:53 remaining.
But Canisius (10-15, 6-10), which scored the first seven points of the game in leading throughout, responded with a 10-3 run to go back up by double figures. The Golden Griffins shot 54.8% for the game.
Coles, who scored a career-high 25 points in the first meeting between the teams last month, had another strong performance with 19 points and shot 3-for-3 from distance. Kanika Cummings added 15 points and three steals.
Tiahana Mills scored a career-high 16 points and added seven assists to lead the Golden Griffins, while Jamie Ruttle added 12 points for Canisius which shot 24-26 (92.3%) from the free throw line.
The Saints return to the Capital Region for their final three home games of the year. Siena opens the homestand Thursday against Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. The game marks Siena's 14th Annual Pink Zone Game presented by Berkshire Bank, which seeks to raise money and awareness for Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer. For more information, visit SienaSaints.com/pinkzone.