Peacocks show relentlessness in OT win

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Basketball season is in full swing as seven teams in the MAAC have already played one game so far this season.

By Aidan Joly

Sports Reporter

Seven of the MAAC’s 11 teams have begun their season and despite that, each of those teams has only played one game. Siena is the lone team with two games played. We’ve learned some things about what the conference may look like this season.

Rider can shoot the three

The Broncs put together an impressive performance against Central Florida on Tuesday night. Rider lost 14 points, 84-70, but played even with the Knights all night, for the most part, just letting the last couple minutes of the first half get away from them.

I was most impressed with the shooting ability of this team, especially from three-point range. They had five guys make a three-pointer, shooting them at a 41 percent clip (7-for-17).

Frederick Scott made both of his attempts off the bench as part of an 11-point night.

Saint Peter’s is relentless

The Peacocks earned the league’s first win of the season on Wednesday night against Lafayette, doing so in dramatic fashion. Saint Peter’s trailed nearly the whole game — down seven at the half, before being down by 12 with less than eight minutes to play. However, the Peacocks came back, taking the lead with 35 seconds left, sending the game to overtime and winning 93-86, earning Shaheen Holloway his first career win.

It was their upperclassmen, Davauhnte Turner and Samuel Idowu, that came up big late, pushing them to the win. It leaves you wondering if the first game and how those older guys played will be indicative of the rest of the season. If so, Saint Peter’s could be a bottom-half-of-the-league team to watch.

Siena may not be THAT bad

Coming in, Siena was the consensus pick to finish last in the league. However, they put together a great game against Providence out of the Big East. They struggled in the first half under Jamion Christian’s new “Mayhem” style but seemed to figure it out come the second half, outscoring the Friars, 33-27, cutting the final tally to a 10-point loss, 77-67.

The defense needs some work, letting Providence shoot 52 percent from three-point range and almost 55 percent overall.

Siena’s offense showed potential, shooting 43 percent from three. Sloan Seymour had 15 points in his collegiate debut, all on triples.

Not a good first impression

Other than Fairfield’s 33-point loss against 24th-ranked Purdue, Monmouth had the most lopsided loss of the first two nights, an 85-61 drubbing at the hands of Lehigh.

Monmouth was decent in the first half, trailing by only six, but the wheels fell off in the second as they were outscored 49-31.

It was the Deion Hammond show on the Hawks’ offense as he scored 21 points and made a quartet of threes. Other than that, no Hawk scored more than six.

Losing Micah Seaborn to the pros was expected to hurt, but if this holds, it’ll hurt a lot more than we thought.

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