I’m sorry to break this to you kids, but life isn’t fair, hard work doesn’t always mean success, and the best team doesn’t always win.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that Siena was not the best team Sunday night at the Times Union Center, it most certainly was, scoring 64 points in the second half to erase a 17-point deficit and beat top-seeded Monmouth, 89-85 at the Times Union Center.
Nico Clareth, who was so injured he couldn’t play 24 hours earlier and only managed three hobbling minutes in the first half, scored 27 points in the final 17 minutes of the game, hitting 7-9 from three and at one point making five straight in a three-minute span. Even when he was closely guarded, he hit a turnaround in the final minute to seal the victory, and his performance – rightfully so – will join the annals of MAAC lore long after he graduates.
Continue reading “Monmouth Deserves Better, But System Not Changing Soon”
Lavon Long did not see the court until Siena’s fourth game of the season, but it is the embattled senior who could make the difference in the Saints’ final games of the year. Continue reading “Resurgent Long, Clutch Ogunyemi Lead Siena Into Clash Against Monmouth”
Sitting at 7-6 in MAAC play following a loss to Canisius in early February, the Siena Saints seemed destined for a middling finish. But the return of star sophomore Nico Clareth and an emphatic win over Iona in New Rochelle propelled the Saints to a 5-2 finish and into a third-place tie with the Gaels at 12-8 in the final standings. Continue reading “MAAC Tournament Primer: Siena”
Monmouth defeated Siena 77-73 before a sellout home crowd for the Hawks’ 25th win of the season on Friday night. Justin Robinson scored 20 points, including six in the final minutes, to clinch the game for Monmouth. Two other seniors, Je’lon Hornbeak and Collin Stewart added 13 points apiece. Here’s the video recap.
Continue reading “Video Recap: Monmouth 77, Siena 73”
As they say, it’s like déjà vu all over again. In a scene reminiscent of their win in New Rochelle last season, Siena stormed back from a 13 point second half deficit to upend Iona 81-79 Tuesday night. Continue reading “Siena 81, Iona 79: The Return of Nico Clareth”
Manhattan is officially on the board. The Jaspers earned their first conference victory with a 78-69 victory over Niagara Tuesday night at Draddy Gymnasium. Continue reading “Manhattan 78, Niagara 69 – Jaspers Earn First MAAC Win”
Hofstra closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with an impressive 84-64 cruise control victory over MAAC contender Siena Thursday night at the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, NY. Continue reading “Hofstra 84, Siena 64 – Four Thoughts”
Albany defeated Siena 81-72 at SEFCU Arena on Sunday night, taking back the Albany Cup. The Saints fell behind by 18 at halftime, and then mounted a furious second half scoring assault that fell just a bit short. Foul trouble and defense bedeviled Siena, while Albany improved to 4-2 behind David Nichols’ 29 points and Joe Cremo’s 20. Continue reading “Three Thoughts About Albany and Siena After the Albany Cup”
Albany, N.Y. – For the fourth year in a row, the Iona Gaels will play for the MAAC Championship. Continue reading “Iona 81, Siena 70: Gaels Earn Another Chance To Dance”
When Jimmy Patsos was recruiting Nico Clareth to come play basketball at Siena, he had one vision in mind for the Baltimore native: Continue reading “Nico Clareth Is The New A.J. English”