Created: 01/04/2013 10:41 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Sports & Siena Athletics
Iona used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take a 49-48 lead, and the Gaels made just enough plays down the stretch to sneak past Siena 66-62 in Albany Friday night.
It was the 10th straight loss for Siena (2-11, 0-3), matching the program’s longest losing streak since a 15-game slide at the end of the 1995-96 season.
“We did everything but win the game” Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro said. “That’s why I’m frustrated.”
The Saints controlled the game for the first 30 minutes, taking a 47-37 lead on Imoh Silas’ layup with 10:10 to play. They executed their game plan to precision against an Iona team that ranked fourth nationally with 82.8 points per game entering the game.
The game turned with just under nine minutes to play when Rakeem Brookins lost the handle on an easy lay-in that would have pushed the lead to 11, and Sean Armand hit a three on the other end. Iona stole the ensuing inbounds, and Momo Jones converted an old-fashioned three-point play to make it a three-point game. Another Armand less than a minute later gave Iona a 51-49 lead.
Iona grabbed the lead for good on Tre Bowman’s layup with 1:45 to play. The Gaels made nine straight free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Jones led the way with 19 points and five assists for Iona. Armand had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. David Laury (12) and A.J. English (11) rounded out the Gaels in double figures.
O.D. Anosike dominated the game inside for Siena, scoring 19 points and adding 15 rebounds. Rob Poole contributed 18 points on the perimeter, and Evan Hymes played his best game of the season finishing with seven assists and no turnovers running the point.
The Saints will look to get back on track Sunday at Rider.