The Saints started the second half the way they finished the first, using a 23 9 run to take a 42 41 lead. Siena's impressive run bridged both halves and was nearly eight minutes in duration.
It was by no means a must win for the Saints, who now head out on a three game conference road trip, but it was certainly something the three time defending champs can build upon.
Wignot played a major role in Siena's turnaround. He pushed the ball up the floor to create scoring opportunities for his teammates.
The victory was the 10th consecutive win for the Saints over the Gaels (2 1, 8 5). What started out a dud for the Saints, who are competing in their 70th season, ended up a conference thriller.
After the game, even Rossiter wasn't quite sure what the play was supposed to be in that key situation. That didn't stop the Siena forward, who curled around the defense and fired in a shot to give the Saints (2 1, 5 8) the lead for good. Rossiter was fouled on the play. He converted the free throw for a traditional three point play to give the Saints a 69 67 lead.
seemingly has everything in their favor. The Saints, playing without senior Clarence Jackson (ankle) for a fourth consecutive game, couldn't put the ball in the basket in the first half. The Saints started the contest shooting 4 for 21 (19 percent) from the field.
Siena scored the game's final seven points, five of which came from Rossiter, who finished with game highs 26 points and 15 rebounds. Rossiter is the nation's second leading rebounder.
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Glover didn't miss a shot from the field or the line as the league's leading scorer finished with 18 points, but just six in the second half.
"I knew there was 10 seconds on the shot clock, so I didn't want to put anyone else in a bad position," Rossiter said. "I was able to beat the defender off the wing help side, and get a pretty good look at it. Fortunately it went in and I got fouled."
"I think we took the hit on the chin and said we had to turn around, buckle down and fight back," Siena junior forward Owen Wignot said.
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"I think we were ready to do that," said Iona coach Tim Cluess. "I think they were ready to be beaten tonight, especially the way the game started."
trailing by one point with less than one minute remaining, Rossiter had possession of the ball with not much happening for Siena.
Scott Machado and imposing post man Mike Glover, looked as if it would post a statement victory, showing who was the team to beat in the MAAC.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the Saints went on a 12 2 run to go into halftime with the game back to a manageable three point difference.
"I think we played a little bit how we used to," Rossiter said. "Where we just get out there run, put 'em up, go get the ball and we were very successful as guys were finishing and making plays."
"We never let them push it to 20," Rossiter said. "We kind of chipped away and that was our attitude."
"Ryan Rossiter took the game over," said Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro. "Which he's done much of the year."
Iona led by double digits in the middle of the first half. The Gaels had the opportunity to become the second MAAC opponent to beat the Saints on their homecourt Under Armour High Tops Womens this season. Fairfield accomplished the feat in December.
Rossiter has never lost to Iona in seven career meetings.
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Left for dead midway through the first half, the Saints responded to post an impressive 73 67 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Iona in front of a crowd of 5,850 in downtown Albany. The Siena victory is the 1,000th in school history, and ironically denied Iona its 1,000th victory.
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