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
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.