SPRINGFIELD — The final MAAC Quarterfinal game saw everything; 11 lead changes, two technical fouls, and a shot to end regulation that went as far in as it could go before exiting the rim.
The Saints and Jaspers battled for 45 minutes with the Saints holding on for a 84-82 victory in the final game of the night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.
Manhattan had an opportunity to tie the game in the final 5 seconds but saw their shots rattle around the backboard and Rob Poole grabbed the rebound as the buzzer sounded to give the Saints a win in their first overtime game of the season.
With 53.8 seconds remaining in overtime, the Saints couldn’t convert and turned the ball over on a shot clock violation up 83-82. Manhattan’s Liam McCabe-Moran missed a three pointer on the ensuing possession with 32 seconds left.
With 5.8 seconds left in regulation, Manhattan’s Kidani Brutus missed a fade away jumper that spun around the rim twice and spit out to the ground. The shot would have won the game for the Jaspers and advanced them to the MAAC Semifinals for the first time since 2006.
Siena, with under two minutes left in the second half, forced the ball inside to First Team All-MAAC Junior O.D. Anosike, who posted up and scored with his back to basket to give the Saints a 75-73 lead with 1:05 to go. The lead wouldn’t last long when Kidani Brutus made a three pointer at the top of the key with 46 seconds left to give the Jaspers a 76-75 lead.
Rob Poole missed a three pointer with 20 seconds to go from the wing but Owen Wignot did not miss knocking down a huge three pointer in front of the Siena bench with 7.8 seconds to go.
Fouls gave the Saints trouble all night. O.D. Anosike was assessed a technical foul along with Manhattan’s Torgrim Sommerfeldt in an altercation during the first half. Kyle Downey fouled out of the game with 4:17 left, ending the game with 7 points and 5 assists. Downey had to run the point for the first three minutes of the game since freshman Evan Hymes did not start. Hymes entered with 17:09 left in the first half.
Evan Hymes ended up with 6 points on 2 of 7 shooting. Hymes moved to second place All-Time for Freshman scoring in the Siena history, passing Jack McClinton from 2004-05. Only Michael Haddix, who scored 440 points during the 2002-03 season, has scored more in their first year than Hymes.
O.D. Anosike finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Anosike is now third all-time amongst Siena’s single season rebounders. Last year, Ryan Rossiter moved to first in the record book with a 408 rebound season.
Freshman Rob Poole scored a career high 16 points in his fifth career start for the Saints.
Siena moves on to face Loyola in the MAAC semifinals on Sunday at approximately 4:30pm ET on ESPN3.