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Danes hold on; Saints face Canisius

University at Albany built a 20-point halftime lead and was ready to coast to another home victory today at SEFCU Arena, before Maine woke up.

The Black Bears eventually whittled their deficit to 57-56 with 8:01 left, but the Great Danes eventually pulled away again for a 74-63 win.

Pete Hooley scored a game-high 21 points for the Great Danes, who also got 16 from DJ Evans and 11 from Gary Johnson.

Voorheesville High School graduate Ethan Mackey scored 12 points and added 12 rebounds for Maine.

Meanwhile, Siena prepared for a 2 p.m. matchup Sunday with Canisius at Times Union Center.

First-year Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos admitted that the loss at Marist Friday night -- when the Saints allowed the Red Foxes to score five points in the final seven seconds, including stealing an inbounds pass and sinking a three-pointer with three seconds left -- was extremely hard to take. He rated that loss right along with the Quinnipiac, La Salle and Purdue close losses on the road.

Siena should play well Sunday. After all, they are 8-3 at home, but the Saints will have their hands full with Canisius, which is paced by high-scoring Billy Baron, who averages 24 points a game. He also has connected on 84 three-pointers so far.

One of the bright spots in Friday's loss for Siena was freshman point guard Marquis Wright, who scored a career-best 20 points.

Evan Hymes needs only 12 points to reach the 1,000-point mark.

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