Siena 73, Rider 60
Siena's Big Three of Ronald Moore, Alex Franklin and Edwin Ubiles are gone, but the Saints rolled past Rider in Friday night's MAAC opener using the same recipe that got them a win in last year's MAAC tournament semifinals: a backbreaking run in the second half to pull away for a convincing win.
The difference this time -- as the Saints beat the Broncs 73-60 for their seventh win in eight meetings -- was the magnitude of the run.
After the Broncs led 47-44, Siena went on a 20-1 to put the Broncs away. The run was a prolonged version of the 16-0 run the Saints used last March in Albany.
It wasn't an all-out thrashing like the one the Saints delivered last February in their last trip to Alumni Gym. It was, however, a sign that things haven't changed all that much in the MAAC, in which Siena is capable of routinely winning on the road.
"I thought the team that played better won the game," said Rider coach Tommy Dempsey. "We were just a step slower today. We were a step off. ... It wasn't a good performance by our group and I thought, to give Siena credit, they played well, they played better than us and we got what we deserved because we didn't play well enough to win."
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