West Point – Whenever the military could identify the hot shooter, Sienna had already moved on to someone else.
Nick Hopkins, Aidan Carpenter and Colby Rogers each sharpened the offense during a 22–5 run in the second half, which turned the Saints into their best game of the season, taking control of an 83–67 victory over the Cadets. Crystal Arena on Tuesday night.
Siena put on an absolute display at the start of Friday’s MAAC play, improving 2-5, especially in the second half, as the Saints edged Senna 55-34.
Hopkins began a game-turning run with eight straight points, including two three-pointers, then Carpenter took a different move, driving left for a layup, then one on back-to-back assets for a 53-44 lead. And driving right.
Then Rogers, who led Sienna to 18 points before being dismissed late, scored five straight points, including three, before Anthony Gaines hit a three to stop the scoring burst, which ended a period 41–39. Converted the deficit to a 61-48 lead. of 6:18.
“At last we had like a full roster,” Siena head coach Carm Maciarillo said on a radio broadcast after the game. “These guys believe. It’s been a culmination and a work in progress since the Georgetown game. Jared Billups off the bench was terrific, Aidan Carpenter didn’t come up much, just a 20 minute walk yesterday… all stepped up.”
Carpenter had been out of action in the last four matches due to a back injury.
The Saints won comfortably despite mishandling trouble from senior center Jackson Stormo, their second leading scorer and leading rebounder.
He picked up his third foul in the first half with 7:19 and scored just four points in 17 minutes.
Siena made 16 of 17 (94.1%) free throws in the second half and made a strong game from three-point range, taking nine of 22 (40.9%).
“We have to clean up some shot selection, but I’ll take it every now and then,” Maciarillo said. “We did free throws in the second half, and we got them on the glass even though we let out a lot of aggressive rebounds, which is still a pet peeve of mine. It would have been nice to hold them under 60, but down the road But scoring 83 is great.”
With Storm mainly on the bench, Senna (4-3) used 19-3 runs to take a 23-13 lead.
The Saints withdrew from there and reached within 33-28 by halftime.
The teams traded points early in the second half before Siena took the upper hand with 22-5 runs.
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