Entering the 2014-15 season, there were high expectations surrounding the Siena Saints. Last year, they won the 2014 College Basketball Invitational tournament, and had the vast majority of their championship-winning roster returning in 2014-15.
As the season has gone on, the Saints have yet to live up to their expectations, thanks in large part to injuries to key players. With that being said, the Saints are still in the thick of things in the conference, and so are their opponents on Monday. The Saint Peter’s Peacocks are a team in the middle of the pack in the MAAC this season, and a win for either team on Monday was essential.
Fortunately for the Peacocks, they took advantage of their home-court advantage. Despite a sluggish first half, Saint Peter’s came alive in the second half and scored a much-needed victory on Monday.
Saint Peter’s upended the Siena Saints, 65 – 57, on Monday night.
In the opening minutes of the first half, the Saints raced out to an 8 – 2 lead, capped off by a pair of free throws from Jimmy Paige. The Peacocks would start to chip away at the deficit, always keeping the Saints within their sights.
A Lavon Long lay-up gave Siena an 8-point lead with just over 8 minutes to play. Marvin Dominique responded with a jumper of his own for the Peacocks to trim the lead to six, and keep his team within reach of Siena.
Siena would stretch the lead to 9 points on a couple of different occasions in the latter parts of the first half, and Saint Peter’s would keep the lead to within seven in the dying seconds. That’s when Evan Hymes made his presence felt.
Hymes recorded a lay-up at the buzzer to send Siena into the break with a 9-point lead, 26 – 17.
Starting the second half, the Saint Peter’s Peacocks came out with a vengeance. Within the first four minutes of play, the Peacocks had trimmed the deficit to just two points, capped off by two free throws from Tyler Gaskins at the 16:34 mark.
The Peacocks could never quite take the lead from the Saints, as Siena always had an answer on the offensive end for whatever Saint Peter’s threw at them.
Two free throws from Desi Washington at the 9:38 mark gave the Peacocks their first lead of the game, at 42 – 41. The teams would swap one-point leads, then Dominique would complete a three-point play to give the Peacocks a four-point lead.
Dominique would score five straight points to give Saint Peter’s their five-point lead.
The rest of the game was never in question. The Peacocks would stretch the lead to as many as 10 points as the second half wound down, and Siena could never regain the lead.
The Peacocks outscored Siena 48 – 31 in the second half to overcome their 9-poit deficit at half-time. Saint Peter’s scored a much-needed conference win over the Saints, 65 – 57, on Monday night inside the Yantelli Center.
For the visiting Siena, a balanced scoring attack wasn’t enough to lead them to victory. Marquis Wright led all Saints in scoring with 14 points, while Rob Poole and Evan Hymes each added in 9 points in a losing effort.
For the hometown Peacocks, Marvin Domonique’s play was the difference in this one. Dominique scored a game-high 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor, to go along with 4 rebounds. Desi Washington added 13 points of his own and 7 rebounds to help lead the team to victory.
For the Siena Saints (9 – 14, 6 – 8), the loss on Monday was another setback in what has been a disappointing season so far. The Saints will look to bounce back on Thursday when they go on the road to take on the Marist Red Foxes.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks (12 – 13, 6 – 8) scored their second straight win on Monday, and are slowly making a push in the MAAC race. They will look to continue their winning ways when they take on the Niagara Purple Eagles on Friday.