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CBI 2014: 1st-Round Day 1 Scores, Updated Bracket and 1st-Round Day 2 Schedule

Dec 1, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher (5) reacts after he made a basket in the act of fouling and shoots and one \P| during the second half at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Purdue Boilermakers defeated the Siena Saints 68-63. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2014

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.   

 

Bracket

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. 

CBI Day 2 Schedule
DateMatchupLocation
March 19Hampton vs. Penn StateUniversity Park, Pa.
March 19Wyoming vs. Texas A&MCollege Station, Texas
March 19Morehead State vs. Illinois StateNormal, Ill.
March 19SDSU vs. Old DominionNorfolk, Va.
March 19Princeton vs. TulaneNew Orleans, La.
March 19Radford vs. Oregon StateCorvallis, Ore.
March 19Fresno State vs. UTEPEl 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: 

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: 

Singelais offered up this quote from Poole on the scuffle: 

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:

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. 

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