1990s Game 1

Live from the Pepsi Arena comes game one from the 1990s bracket. In tonight’s matchup fans will get a chance to decide between four year teammates Marcus Faison (3) and Jim Cantamessa (6). Both players were members of Siena’s second team to reach the NCAA tournament. A 13 seed in 1999, the Saints drew a first round matchup against 4th seed Arkansas who would defeat Siena 94-80. The following year Marcus and Jim were members of the team that went on to defeat UMass in the first round of the NIT, 66-65, before losing to Penn St 105-103. Here’s a look at the personal accomplishments in this matchup:


Marcus Faison (3): Marcus played for the Saints from 1996-2000 and was a multi-weapon threat. During his time with Siena he scored 1,697 career points, 6th on the all time list. Marcus led the team in scoring for three consecutive seasons, from 97/’98 to ’99/2000. His point total in 1999-2000 of 570 ranks as the 9th highest in team history. Faison was also a presence on the glass. He led the team in rebounding in 1997-98 with 197 and is 12th all time with 689 for his career. On top of all of this Faison is also 20th on the Saints all-time list for assists with 257 and 2nd in steals with 231. Marcus was inducted into the Siena Hall of Fame in 2011.


Jim Cantamessa (6): Jim played for the Saints from 1996-2000 and is one of Siena’s all-time great three point threats. Jim led the nation in 3-pt shooting percentage in 1997-98 when he hit 56.4% of his three point attempts. His career 3-pt percentage of 44.9% is second and his career 3-pt field goals of 197 is fifth in Siena history. For his career Jim scored a total of 1316 pts, 18th all time. Jim was also a threat on the boards and distributing the rock. Jim ranks 24th on Siena’s all time rebounding list with 535 and 22nd in assists with 229.


Marcus Faison (3) vs Jim Cantamessa (6)

  • Marcus Faison (3) (90%, 54 Votes)
  • Jim Cantamessa (6) (10%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 60

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Polls will remain open until 11:59pm on the 11th. Remember to vote in yesterday’s matchup of Kenny Hasbrouck vs Tommy Mitchell below. Also we are coming down to the wire in the opening matchup between Bob Herman and Steve Walters, could the tourney start with an upset? Stay tuned for the results tonight!

One Comment

  1. Deborah Papa Bouchar

    July 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Marcus was the 'man'! Loved seeing him play–he almost beat Penn State–the refs wouldn't let it happen though….

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