Game Preview: Saints Host Quinnipiac Looking For 4th Straight Win

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Siena returns to the Times Union Center Saturday night to face MAAC new comer Quinnipiac in their first meeting of this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. It is the third meeting all time between the two teams. Siena leads the series 2-0 beating the Bobcats 107-90 in their last meeting (1/5/1999) and in their first matchup during the 1986-87 season.

Siena will honor two of the most successful teams in program history prior to the game as they reveal banners honoring the 1989 NCAA Second Round (25th Anniversary) and 1994 NIT Semifinal (20th Anniversary) teams.

The 1989 team finished with a record of 25-5, winning the North Atlantic Conference on their way to defeating #3 seed Stanford in the NCAA Tournament, one of the greatest wins in program history.

The 1994 team finished the season 25-8 and had one of the programs greatest postseason tournament runs. They defeated Georgia Tech, Tulane and Bradley advancing to the NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden before losing to Villanova, 66-58. They then defeated Kansas State to earn third place.

The Saints (10-12, 6-5) enter the game with a three-game winning streak, their first since 2011-2012. On Thursday night they defeated Niagara, 66-62 in a dramatic game at the TUC. They will be seeking a 4-game winning streak forthe first time since the end of the 2009-2010 season. They are above .500 in the MAAC this late in the season for the first time since Feb. 10, 2011.

Siena is 7-2 at home and 4-1 in MAAC home games. They are holding opponents to 39% from the field and 63.7 points per game at home this season.

Rob Poole leads the team in scoring (15.1) and rebounds (5.8). He is the only player in the top 15 in the MAAC in scoring, rebounding and 3-pointers made per game.

Evan Hymes, averaging 10.1 points per game, is now 32 points away from becoming the 31st player in Siena DI history (39th overall)  to reach 1,000 points. He is currently 11th all time in 3-pointers made with 141 and is shooting 45% (14-31) from three in the last 14 games. He is number 12 in assists all time with 284.

Marquis Wright has scored in double figures in 4 of last 5 games. He leads the MAAC in assists (5.4 ) and steals (2.0).

Brett Bisping has averaged 12.2 points shooting 58% from the field in Siena’s 10 wins this season. He is averaging 6.6 points and shooting 47% in the team’s 12 losses. Overall he has averaged 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds over the past 19 games after averaging 3.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in the first 28 games of his career.

Quinnipiac and Siena are No. 1 and No. 2 in the MAAC, respectively, in rebounding. The Saints have been now outrebounded in the last two games after being outrebounded just once in the previous 16 games. The Saints are tied for 13th in the country in offensive rebounds (12.2). Quinnipiac is first (15.2).

Quinnipiac enters the game with a record of 12-8, and 7-4 in their first MAAC season. They had a five game winning streak snapped on Thursday night, losing to Canisius, 86-74.

Quinnipiac is the only team in the country that has two players averaging at least 12.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Ike Azotam, a 6-7 senior forward, is averaging 16.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game, with Ousmane Drame, a 6-9 junior forward bringing in 12.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest. Drame is expected to come off bench in his 2nd game back following a knee injury.

Also averaging in double figures for the Bobcats are 6-4 junior guard Zaid Hurst (14.9) and 5-11 grad student guard Umar Shannon (13.7).



Quinnipiac 2013-2014 Results:


9 vs. Hartford (CT 6 Classic) W, 82-77

12 at La Salle (ESPN Tip-Off) L, 73-67

16 ALBANY W, 79-69 (2-1)

20 HAMPTON W, 71-68 (3-1)

25 at Maine W, 102-61



6 FAIRFIELD* W, 83-79

8 at Rider* L, 90-78

15 at Vermont W, 80-67

21 at Lehigh L, 69-58

29 at Oregon State L, 76-68


4 at Monmouth* W, 94-77

6 IONA* W, 86-74

9 MANHATTAN* W, 81-76

12 at Saint Peter’s* L, 74-67

16 MONMOUTH* W, 70-61

18 NIAGARA* W, 85-71

24 at Iona* L, 95-73

26 at Manhattan* W, 90-86

30 CANISIUS* L, 86-74

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