Siena tops Quinnipiac 88-67, opens conference play

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Marquis Wright scored 17 points and Siena took control in the second half Friday night to open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play with an 88-67 win over Quinnipiac.

Willem Brandwijk and Rob Poole added 12 points apiece and Lavon Long and Javion Ogunyemi had 11 each for the Saints (3-3, 1-0).

The Bobcats (3-3, 0-1) got 15 points from Zaid Hearst and 14 from Kasim Chandler.

Poole's three-point play two seconds before the half gave Siena a 40-38 lead. Then the Saints, with five different players scoring, opened the second half with a 10-2 run for a 50-40 lead. They pushed the lead to 65-44 at the 11:34 mark as Brandwijk knocked down a 3-pointer and flushed a dunk on consecutive possessions.

The Bobcats answered with a 14-3 run, started by Hearst's three-point play and capped by James Ford Jr.'s four-point play, to pull back within 10 with 8 minutes left but the threat ended there.

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