Siena Tops Rider to Win MAAC Title

Saints headed to NCAA Tournament for first time since 2002
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2008 11:30 PM CDT
Siena College guard Edwin Ubiles (23) drives to the basket as Manhattan College's Andrew Gabriel (11) defends during the first half of their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball game in Albany,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Siena’s only senior, Tay Fisher, scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half as the Saints routed Rider 74-53 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament final to earn the league’s automatic NCAA bid. All of Fisher’s points were a result of 3-point shots, either makes or free throws from being fouled beyond the arc, reports the Albany Times Union.

It's the fourth time in the school history that Siena has made it to the big dance; the last time was in 2002. The Saints are 2-3 in tournament games.  Rider, short two starters who were injured earlier in the tourney, relied on MAAC player of the year Jason Thompson to carry the load, but even with his 22-point, 12-rebound effort, the Broncs were not able to hang with the host team in Albany.