Posted at: 02/17/2013 9:27 PM
By: WNYT Sports & Siena Athletics
Loyola used a 15-0 run early in the second half to break the game open, and coasted home to an 80-57 MAAC win over Siena Saturday night in Albany. It’s the fifth straight loss for the Saints.
“We cut it to six at the start of the second half, and then they delivered the knockout punch,” Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro said.
The 23-point loss marked Siena’s largest margin of defeat in a conference game at Times Union Center, and the largest in a MAAC home game since a 98-73 setback to Manhattan in Alumni Recreation Center on January 28, 1994.
Loyola’s starting backcourt of Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson combined for 44 points and the pair made 7-13 3-pointers. Siena was playing without starting guard Rakeem Brookins who missed his second straight game and ninth this season with a back injury.
Trenity Burdine led Siena with 12 points, and Davis Martens came off the bench to score a career-high nine. O.D. Anosike scored 10 points and added seven rebounds in a season-low 26 minutes.
Siena scored the final eight points of the first half to close within 37-29 at the break, and stretched the run to 10-0 on an Anosike tip-in just over a minute and a half into the second.
Cormier and Olson scored all 15 of Loyola’s points during the decisive run. Olson recorded the first seven with a jumper, a 3-pointer and two free throws.
Loyola stretched the lead to as many as 29, 73-44, on Julius Brook’s tip-in with 5:53 to play, and 78-49 on a Cormeir 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining.
Siena gets eight days off before facing Radford here next Sunday in its final game of the BracketBusters series. The regular-season concludes with a home game against archrival Marist March 1 and a road game at Iona March 3.