With a 66-55 victory over Stony Brook on Tuesday, Siena became the first team to advance in the 2014 College Basketball Invitational.
Siena outscored its opponent by 14 in the second half to pull out the win.
This sets the table for what will be a far more action-packed second day at the CBI. Have a look at tomorrow's schedule, and then I'll dig a little deeper into Siena's triumph.
The CBI bracket can be viewed here.
With the win, Siena now moves onto the quarterfinals and will play on March 24 against the winner of Wednesday's Hampton-Penn State contest.
|March 19||Hampton vs. Penn State||University Park, Pa.|
|March 19||Wyoming vs. Texas A&M||College Station, Texas|
|March 19||Morehead State vs. Illinois State||Normal, Ill.|
|March 19||SDSU vs. Old Dominion||Norfolk, Va.|
|March 19||Princeton vs. Tulane||New Orleans, La.|
|March 19||Radford vs. Oregon State||Corvallis, Ore.|
|March 19||Fresno State vs. UTEP||El Paso, Texas|
Siena 66-55 Stony Brook
Behind junior guard Rob Poole's 20 points, Siena survived a slow start to pull out an 11-point victory. Defense was the real key for Siena.
After allowing Stony Brook 34 points in the first half, Siena limited its opponents to 21 in the second.
The Seawolves finished the game shooting just 34.6 percent from the floor. Siena wasn't much better at 41.9 percent, but considering the Saints also won the turnover battle 6-14, that was more than enough to lead the way to victory.
This game got off to a slow start. Both teams were sluggish and couldn't get shots to fall. That was more than the sarcasm suppressor on the Times Union's Mark Singelais could handle:
Siena and Stony Brook a combined 2 for 16 from the field so far. CBI basketball at its finest.— Mark Singelais (@MarkSingelais) March 18, 2014
Stony Brook settled in first and led at halftime 34-31. With Siena's defense stepping up in the second, however, it cleared the way for Poole to take over. He hit eight of his 15 shots to finish as the game's high scorer.
Brett Bisping was the only other Saint to hit double digits. The sophomore forward finished with 17 points and six rebounds.
The win was a solid team effort and it came short handed. WUSB Sports Radio explains:
CBI: Javion Ogunyemi and Maurice White of Siena are headed to the locker room. Now so is Evan Hymes...all ejected for coming on the court...— WUSB Sports Radio (@WUSBSportsRadio) March 19, 2014
Singelais offered up this quote from Poole on the scuffle:
Siena's Rob Poole on the scuffle: "It was just tempers flare. It's good. It's tough. It's good for basketball, I think." #sienasaints— Mark Singelais (@MarkSingelais) March 19, 2014
This loss brings a close to a solid season for Stony Brook. Although the Seawolves would've preferred a different ending, as the following tweet indicates, the program still sees the positives:
Not done yet! Bonus basketball as Siena season continues with a 66-55 CBI win over Stony Brook #CBI14— 4guysinblazers (@4guysinblazers) March 19, 2014
Meanwhile, Siena's gaze remains firmly fixed on the immediate future. The Saints, as they happily tweet, are waiting to find out who they will play next:
Whoever the opponent, the Saints will look to continue the momentum picked up in this solid win.