Simulation 2020 Men’s Basketball Tourney: Saints blows out Panthers in play-in game

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 16 seed Siena Saints have advanced in our simulation NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. They defeated the Prairie View A&M Panthers, 88-62, in the First Four play-in game at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

In our simulated tournament, the Saints improved to 21-10 on the season. Next, they will face the No. 1 seed, Kansas Jayhawks in an upcoming game.

Siena Saints swingman Manny Camper attempting a dunk against the Manhattan Jaspers
Manny Camper attempting a dunk against the Manhattan Jaspers (Photo by the Siena Saints Athletic Department)

With this virtual win, it would be the Saints 11th straight win.

The Panthers season came to an end with a 19-14 record.

At one point in the second half, Siena led 53-52 when Gerard Andrus cut the led to one point. Manny Camper then hit a two-point basket to put the Saints back up 55-52.

The Panthers also got close again at 55-54 when Leon Sneed scored a two-point basket. The Saints started to pull away from there after Donald Carey’s three-point basket for a 58-54.

Siena then went on a 30-8 run to end the game.

Camper led the Saints with 20 points, 13 rebounds. He also had three assists and one steal.

He was one of four Siena players, who finished in double-digits. Jalen Pickett also had 19, while Elijah Burns had 17, and Carey had 12.

The Saints shot over 50% from the field. They shot 58.3% in field goals, while going 57.1% from three-point range.

Their best shooting came from the free throw line, as they went 58.8% from the charity stripe.

Andrus led the Panthers with 16 points. He also had five rebounds.

He was the only Prairie View A&M player, who scored in double-digits, as Devonte Patterson was one point shy with one point.

Prairie View struggled from the field. They shot 39.3% from the field and just 29.4% from three point range.

They were; however, 81.3% from the free throw line.

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