Siena fighting for MAAC placement

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Siena men’s basketball team is fighting for fifth place in the MAAC.

A fifth place standing would mean first round bye in the tournament. But head coach Jimmy Patsos knows that his team needs to put some wins together starting Thursday night against Canisius.

“I think we’ve had some real moments to make a breakthrough win, and we haven’t done it, so maybe this is another chance,” he said. “I’m appealing to their sense of pride, but they’re smart guys. They know. They know what the MAAC is all about. There’s no off night in the MAAC.”

But the Times Union Center has become just another place to play for Siena so far this year. The Saints have no home court advantage with their losing record there.

Thursday night’s game went into overtime, but the Saints drop a close one. The final score was 69-63.

“It’s about winning, but it’s about competing cause we haven’t competed like five or six times,” Patsos said after the loss. “So I’m very proud of the guys. You know, it was a big game. We came up a little short, but we didn’t quit, but that’s the tale of the tape this year.”

That five seed was nearly out of reach for Siena now. But there’s still a small chance, so the Saints will fight until the end. They play Manhattan on Saturday.

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