Siena 78, Manhattan 61

Conference player of the year Alex Franklin had 23 points and 11

rebounds as top-seeded Siena survived a scare against ninth-seeded

Manhattan 78-61 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.

Owen Wignot added 10 points and Ryan Rossiter had 10 points and

12 boards for the Saints (25-6), who advanced to face Rider, a

69-57 winner over Saint Peter’s, in Sunday’s semifinals.

Rico Pickett had 18 points for the Jaspers (11-20), with Darryl

Crawford adding 12.

Siena overcame a 12-point deficit to win after trailing at

halftime for only the seventh time this season. The Saints denied

Manhattan’s bid to become the first No. 9 seed to reach the

semifinals.

Wignot gave Siena its first lead with a 3-pointer that made it

48-46 five minutes into the second half. The Saints outscored

Manhattan 23-7 over the next 10 minutes to clinch the win.