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FINAL: La Salle 80, Siena 52

Saturday, December 29, 2012
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ALBANY -- Siena didn't stop Ramon Galloway, nor its long losing streak.

Galloway made six of 10 three-pointers, including five in the first half, and La Salle rolled over the Saints, 80-52, at the Times Union Center tonight, the worst loss of a season that continues to spiral downward.

The Saints lost their ninth straight, longer than any losing streak during the dreadful 6-24 season in 2004-05, and fell to 2-11 heading into the meat of the MAAC schedule.

Galloway, a 6-foot-3 guard from Philadelphia who transferred from South Carolina, finished with 22 points and made three three-pointers during the game-18-5 stretch late in the first half. That put La Salle ahead, 36-20, and after heading into halftime with a 39-24 lead, the Explorers put it away by taking a 68-34 lead midway through the second half.

"Coach [John Giannini] told me to be ready to shoot, they're in a zone, keep being aggressive," Galloway said. "When you get shots falling, you get teammates looking for you and everyone is hitting shots, the game kind of smoothens out."

"It's a game that got away from us," Siena head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. "I thought we were playing pretty well for the first 12 minutes. Then Galloway, we lost him a couple times in the zone."

La Salle improved to 9-2, its best record to start a season since the Explorers went 9-1 in 1989-90 with a team that included National Player of the Year Lionel Simmons.

Siena senior forward O.D. Anosike had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and became the 38th player in program history to reach 1,000 points when he scored his seventh point of the game on a free throw at the start of the second half. It wasn't any consolation.

"La Salle's a great team, but we didn't play too well," Anosike said. "We didn't bring it tonight, especially defensively."

"It's definitely frustrating," said Siena guard Rakeem Brookins, also a Philadelphia native. "Some of the games are closer than others, and others, we can't get it together."

La Salle's ferocious perimeter defense pressured Brookins and backcourtmate Evan Hymes into six turnovers and and 7-for-26 shooting from the field, including 1-for-9 from three-point range.

Siena has the best three-point percentage defense in the MAAC, at 28.5 percent, but La Salle was 13-for-28 (49.2 percent).

LA SALLE (80)

Wright 3-7 1-2 7, Zack 3-5 0-0 6, Duren 5-11 2-4 13, Mills 3-9 0-0 8, Galloway 8-15 0-0 22, Peterson 4-4 0-0 11, Dunn 1-4 0-0 3, Lewis 1-1 0-0 2, Hunt 0-0 0-0 0, Garland 2-6 2-3 6, Brown 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 31-63 5-9 80.

SIENA (52)

Anosike 4-9 6-8 14, Silas 0-2 0-0 0, Hymes 3-9 0-0 6, Brookins 4-17 1-2 10, Poole 2-4 1-1 5, Audu 0-4 2-2 2, Burdine 0-1 1-2 1, Oliver 3-6 0-0 7, Martens 1-2 0-0 2, Bisping 2-3 0-0 5. Totals: 19-57 11-15 52.

Halftime: La Salle 39, Siena 24. Three-point goals: La Salle 13-28 (Duren 1-5, Mills 2-6, Galloway 6-10, Peterson 3-3, Dunn 1-3, Garland 0-1); Siena 3-17

(Hymes 0-2, Brookins 1-7, Poole 0-1, Audu 0-1, Oliver 1-4, Bisping 1-2). Rebounds: La Salle 35 (Garland 7); Siena 36 (Anosike 16). Assists: La Salle 21 (Zack, Mills, Galloway, Garland 4); Siena 6 (Hymes 3). Total fouls: La Salle 15; Siena 11. Attendance: 5,907.

Follow Mike MacAdam on Twitter at @Mike_MacAdam

 
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