SPRINGFIELD — Siena managed to cut the Greyhounds lead to three early in the second half but could not withstand a barrage of three’s as Loyola edged the Saints 70-60 at the MassMutual Center.
The Greyhounds were led by Erik Etherly’s game-high 21 points, his three pointer with 7:38 left gave Loyola a 54-32 lead. Loyola would stretch that lead up to 15 with just over 4 minutes left but the resilient Saints chipped away at it, falling short.
Siena junior O.D. Anosike finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds. The first team All-MAAC selection finished the season with 388 rebounds, passing Billy Harrell (1949-50, 387 rebounds) for second all time in single season rebounding total.
Owen Wignot, coming off a terrific night Saturday in Siena’s quarterfinal win, scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His tri-captain teammate Kyle Downey went out with a team-high 17 points and 4 assists while Brandon Walters, who had a career night on Saturday, finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Evan Hymes, who did not start for the second straight game, finished with 6 points and a team-high 5 assists. Hymes finished with 415 points in his first season, securing second-place all-time in the Siena record book. Michael Haddix, who scored 440 points in his first season in 2002-03, holds first place all-time.
Siena managed to shoot 51% from inside the arc (24 for 47) but converted on just 2 three pointers on the night. Loyola made 5 of their 7 threes in the second half to put the Saints away.
Siena finishes 14-17 for the season, falling to the Greyhounds for the third straight time this season. Loyola and St. Peter’s were the only two teams Siena failed to beat in the MAAC this season.