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Silas sparks Saints' victory

Saturday, November 23, 2013
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— Imoh Silas scored a career-high 17 points, including a dramatic putback with 6.5 seconds left, as Siena erased a 10-point deficit with 3:54 left to pull out a 71-70 win over Cornell Friday night.

It’s the second game this week Siena has won in the final seconds.

Silas rounded out his double-double with a career-high 14 rebounds in his first start this season.

Cornell had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Dwight Tarwater’s three-pointer hit off the right iron.

Siena’s comeback seemed improbable after the Big Red bridged the two halves with a 24-3 run, turning an 11-point deficit into a 56-46 lead with 11:54 to play. The lead remained 10 at the final media timeout, but that’s when things took a dramatic turn. Devon Cherry was whistled for his fifth foul on an Evan Hymes drive with 3:54 to play, and then Cornell coach Bill Courtney was called for a technical during the break. Hymes made all four free throws, starting Siena’s sprint to the finish.

Freshman point guard Marquis Wright drove hard to the right on Siena’s final play, looking for his second game-winner of the week, but his layup missed long and Silas grabbed the board and went right up with the decisive shot.

Rob Poole came off the bench to score 19 points and make four out of seven three-pointers for the Saints. Wright finished with 12 points, four assists and just one turnover.

SIENA (71)

Long 1-5 1-2 3, Silas 6-7 5-6 17, Wright 4-7 4-9 12, Oliver 1-4 1-2 3, White 0-2 0-2 0, Hymes 3-7 8-8 15, Wolfe 0-1 0-0 0, Bisping 1-1 0-0 2, Poole 5-11 5-10 19. Totals 21-45 24-39 71.

CORNELL (70)

Tarwater 4-6 2-5 12, Giddens 0-0 3-4 3, Cressler 11-19 0-2 25, Hatter 0-3 0-1 0, Cherry 5-11 5-7 17, Onuorah 0-0 1-2 1, Smith 1-2 0-1 2, LaMore 0-0 0-0 0, Scelfo 2-5 0-0 6, Matthews 1-1 1-2 4, Tomic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-47 12-24 70.

Halftime: Siena. 43-37. Three-point goals: Siena 5-16 (Poole 4-7, Hymes 1-4, Wolfe 0-1, Wright 0-1, White 0-1, Oliver 0-2), Cornell 10-23 (Cressler 3-7, Tarwater 2-3, Cherry 2-5, Scelfo 2-5, Matthews 1-1, Hatter 0-2). Fouled out: Bisping, Cherry, Hatter. Rebounds: Siena 33 (Silas 14), Cornell 31 (Tarwater 13). Assists: Siena 12 (Wright 4), Cornell 12 (Cherry 4). Total fouls: Siena 24, Cornell 29. Technical: Cornell Bench. A: 1,471.

 
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