Jersey City– After cruising to a picture perfect win Friday against Manhattan, the Saints found themselves undefeated at 1-0 in the MAAC. Following a day off on Saturday, the saints traveled to New Jersey City to face the peacocks of St.Peters.
Going into Sunday’s game, Siena had one specific stat working against them. Since 2009 Siena has failed to put up 70 or more points against the Peacocks.
Sadly for the Siena, they couldn’t start Sunday in the same fashion they ended on in Friday’s blowout. The Saints struggled to put up Points in the firs half, with only 25 by halftime.
The difference maker for the Peacocks in the opening half would be freshman guard Antwon Portley, contributing a team high 11 points. St.Peter’s found themselves with an 18 point lead(38-25) heading to the second half.
Siena would chip away the deafest throughout the second half, and at one point got it down to just 7.
Siena could have made it much closer, but missed opportunity after opportunity.
With just over two and half minutes remaining, St.Peters drilled a 3 giving them a 14 point lead.
Siena would try to play the foul game, forcing St.Peters to make shots from the line.
With help from a handful of poor decisions from the Peacocks, the Saints made it just a 5 point game with 25 seconds remaining.
Marquis Wright wasn’t going to let his Saints go down without a fight, and with only 6 seconds left in the game sinked a huge 3. With Wright’s three, Siena was down just 2 points away from St.Peters and that 70 point wall of misfortune. That Stat will stay on the books for at least another few months, as Siena will play St.Peter’s again in February.
The Saints played their best in the last 5 minutes of the game, but it wouldn’t be enough. Siena would end up falling 72-68 and go to 5-4 on the season.
The Saints are back in action on Wednesday at the TU Center.