Now 10-10 after second straight win, Emmy Andujar and Steve Masiello are starting to hit their stride in Manhattan's MAAC championship defense. (Photo courtesy of Manhattan College Athletics)
Our traditional handful of observations and nuggets of note following Manhattan's 87-79 win over Siena, which got the Jaspers to .500 for the first time this season:
- The Manhattan transition defense was somewhat overlooked.
On a night where five Jaspers posted double-figure point totals, the style of play that has been Manhattan's calling card since Steve Masiello arrived in Riverdale should get equal star billing after forcing 22 turnovers against Siena. The total marked the sixth time this year in which the Jaspers prompted 20 or more miscues against their opposition, furthering the efforts of a transition defense ranked sixth in the nation.
- Siena's frontcourt might be small in numbers, but big in hustle.
- Rich Williams finally broke out.
- Timely three-point shooting and sharing the ball were the biggest keys to victory tonight.
- Depth and balanced scoring.