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FINAL: Loyola 80, Siena 57

Saturday, February 16, 2013
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ALBANY — Siena suffered another bad loss in an ever-increasingly dismal season, 80-57, to Loyola in front of 6,477 at the Times Union Center tonight.

Compounding the loss was a series of exchanges between head coach Mitch Buonaguro and star forward O.D. Anosike, Siena’s only senior, and its leading scorer and rebounder.

Buonaguro benched Anosike seven minutes into the second half after Loyola had taken command of the game. As it became apparent that Anosike was not getting back in there, he and Buonaguro occasionally had prickly words. In the closing minutes, assistant coach Craig Carter escorted Anosike to the end of the bench as he yapped with Buonaguro, and Carter huddled with Anosike for a short conference.

Siena lost its fifth in a row and fell to 6-21 overall and 4-12 in the MAAC, after being dismantled by defending conference tournament champion Loyola (11-5, 19-9), which is making a run at another championship in its final MAAC season before leaving for the Patriot League.

Buonaguro downplayed the conversations with Anosike, as did the player, who was productive despite playing 26 minutes, almost 12 under his average. He had 10 points and seven rebounds.

“There was no ... it was nothing,” Buonaguro said. “Yeah, I think there was a frustration level on his part. He wants to win. I decided to play all the young guys, and I thought they played well, actually, I really did. He was alright about coming out. He was probably upset about how things went. But it wasn’t a big deal.”

“I’m not exactly sure why I didn’t play that much in the second half,” Anosike said. “He just felt like he could win the game with other players. He’s the head coach, I have to respect his decision. Actually, the bench guys cut into the lead a little bit.”

Not nearly enough to make anyone believe that the outcome was in doubt, though.

Anosike’s tip-in pulled Siena within 37-31 on the first score of the second half, but Robert Olson (20 points) scored nine points in a span if 2:22 in the early minutes to give the Greyhounds a 49-31 lead. A few minutes later, Anosike and Rob Poole, who continues to struggle on offense and had no points in 26 minutes, were on the bench for good.

Dylon Cormier scored 24 points for Loyola, and he and Olson combined to make seven of 13 three-pointers.

Trenity Burdine led Siena with 12 points, and reserve forward Davis Martens had his best game of the season, with nine points in 14 minutes.

The Saints, who are off until a BracketBusters game at home against Radford next Sunday, played without starting guard Rakeem Brookins for the second straight game, out indefinitely with a back injury.

LOYOLA (80)

Winbush 2-4 0-0 5, Etherly 4-12 3-6 11, Brooks 5-7 0-2 10, Cormier 6-12 9-10 24, Olson 6-10 4-4 20, Laster 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 2-2 0-0 4, Rassman 0-0 0-0 0, Latham 2-3 0-0 4, Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Hubbard 0-0 0-0 0, Wandrusch 0-1 0-0 0, Onyiuke 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-53 16-22 80.

SIENA (57)

Anosike 4-10 2-5 10, Burdine 3-6 6-7 12, Silas 3-3 3-3 9, Hymes 2-11 1-3 7, Poole 0-2 0-2 0, Audu 3-4 0-0 8, Hopper 0-3 0-0 0, Leppanen 0-0 0-0 0, Martens 4-5 1-2 9, Bisping 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 19-46 15-24 57.

Halftime: Loyola (Md.) 37-29. Three-point goals: Loyola 8-15 (Olson 4-6, Cormier 3-7, Winbush 1-2); Siena 4-13 (Audu 2-2, Hymes 2-6, Bisping 0-1, Burdine 0-1, Hopper 0-1, Poole 0-2). Fouled out: Burdine. Rebounds: Loyola 32 (Etherly 6); Siena 27 (Anosike 7). Assists: Loyola 17 (Winbush 5); Siena 9 (Hymes 5). Total fouls: Loyola 17; Siena 17. Technical fouls: Brooks, Hymes. A: 6,477.

Follow Mike MacAdam on Twitter at @Mike_MacAdam

 

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