Siena beats Harvard for first win of season 72-69 – The Daily Gazette

ALBANY — The last-minute supply chain between Siena and Harvard on Monday night faced no cutoff.

The Crimsons supplied 3-pointers, and the Saints produced enough free throws in response to stall for a 72–69 non-conference men’s college basketball win before 4,673 at the Times Union Center.

Siena (1-4) was saved when a 3-pointer from the right wing by Luca Sakota, who had made two from the back of the arc in the last 10 seconds, hit the rim on the buzzer.

The Saints appeared to have found a comfort zone when Colby Rogers gave them the biggest lead for any team with 1:05 to play, upping Sienna 65-55. Rodgers secured the final margin by making 3 of 4 free throws in the last 11 seconds.

It wasn’t the smoothest ending, but it didn’t mean much to the team, who lost their first four games at an average of 23.5 points.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Rogers said. “We took advantage of how well we played against Georgetown and came out and executed today, defended well and we stopped it and won.”

“I think we needed to,” said guard Andrew Platak. “You want to win every game, but obviously that’s not usually going to happen. We go out there hoping to win every game, so we have to stick to it, stick to the game plan, and we definitely A few more will win.”

For Playtech, it was his first home game since relocating to Siena after four seasons in North Carolina, and an echo of his final game for Guilderland High School, where he played three games before being transferred to a prep school. Starred for the season. In the 2015 Section II Class AA championship game at the Times Union Center, Playtek and Dutchmen lost to Shendehowa and Kevin Huerter, now with the Atlanta Hawks.

“Against Kev, yes,” she said with a laugh. “The lights are bright, but that’s about it.”

Playtek played 17 minutes off the bench and made two free throws with 55 seconds to give Siena a 67-58 lead.

Crimson (3-2) will not go from there.

Chris Ledlum hit a three with 25 seconds to cut to 67-63, 20 seconds left in response to two free throws from Anthony Gaines.

Sakota made it 69-66 with 12 seconds to spare with a three hit, followed by two free throws from Rogers. Sakota left within Harvard 71-69 with six seconds on three, and Rogers found himself in line again with :03 on the clock.

The first of his two free throws bounced off the rim, but he made the second, and Siena’s head coach Carmen Maciarillo decided not to call the timeout, knowing that his Harvard counterpoint, Tommy Amaker, was out of time. .

On a long inbound pass, Gaines leapt and got a swipe on the ball for a possible steal, but it veered off right wing Sakota.

“He [Amaker] There was no timeout left, so I could use the timeout to set my defense; I didn’t want him to draw anything,” said Maciarillo. “We also showed these guys, what they did in the late game against Iona, when they were down to three and threw the ball, and everyone fell. Gaya, and he hit a game-tying shot.

“We never hit the panic button.”

“He [Sakota] Hit some hard shots,” said Sienna guard Nick Hopkins. “It’s part of the game. We have to do a little bit better, but he hit some tough shots.”

“The biggest thing was the next play,” Rogers said. “We still have to get the ball out, we still have to get the ball in, still be strong. So it was in my head. He made the shot, got the ball in, made a free throw and closed the game.”

Hopkins finished with 16 points, tied a single-game career high, and was a hot hand with less than nine minutes to play.

He made a three-hitter to tie at 47–47, then scored eight straight points for Sienna to lead 57–53, first set up by a blocked shot by new Jared Billup at the other end, and second from a kickout. Kendra Jackson Stormo.

Javien McCullum was another Sienna freshman who came down the stretch, hitting a jumper for a 59-54 lead and hitting a 3 to push the Saints to 62-55, just before Rogers’ big triple at 1:05.

Rogers finished with 15 points, and McCullum scored 10. Sakota, a 46% three-pointer in the first four games of the Crimson, led Harvard with 19 points, six of which came in the final 12 seconds.

“We got up to 10 more kinds of ease,” Macciarillo said. “That team is not going to roll over. We need to develop that mindset and keep working on it.

He said, ‘We did it when we wanted to get the ball to Playtech. They made a front end of 1-and-1, which was bigger. We have to keep working on some late-playing stuff where we’re not even allowing all three of them. But we will take these teaching moments any day of the week as victory over defeat. ,

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