Game Preview: Siena At Fordham

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Siena wraps up a three-game road trip on Monday night as they take on Fordham of the Atlantic-10 Conference. Tip off at Rose Hill Gym is scheduled for 7 pm. for the game to be broadcast on SNY. This is the 23rd meeting between the two teams with Fordham leading the series, 12-10.

This is the final game in a four-year agreement between the two teams. The Rams won the first two while the Saints won the most recent contest, last season at the Times Union Center. In that game, after trailing 53-40, Siena went on a 20-0 run to take the lead late in the second half to fuel the 79-69 win. Rob Poole led the Saints with 28 points while Mandell Thomas led Fordham with 20.

The Saints enter the game looking for their third straight road win following an 81-71 win at Loyola on Saturday. Five players finished in double figures led by Brett Bisping who had his best game of this season scoring 16 points with 7 rebounds. Rob Poole added 15 points. Marquis Wright had 14 points and six assists. Ryan Oliver had 11 points off the bench hitting 3-5 from three point range. Lavon Long tallied 10 points.

Oliver has shot 12-17 (71%) three-pointers this season and leads the MAAC in field goal percentage (69.6%) and ranks fourth nationally in three-point percentage.

Siena has had just 11 turnovers in the last two games combined. The Saints have a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio this season which ranks ninth in the country.

Sophomore point guard Marquis Wright is averaging a MAAC-best 6.5 assists per game this season. That  ties for 17th best in the country. As a team the Saints rank 9th nationally with 18.5 assists per game and 4th nationally in assists per field goal made (.718).

As a team, the Saints are averaging 79.2 points per game after averaging 69.3 points per game last season and 60.0 points per game in 2012-13.

The Saints will be without reserve guard Evan Hymes Monday night who will be fulfilling a class presentation obligation back in Loudonville. Pat Cole, who missed Saturday’s game due to a death in the family will return  to action versus Fordham.

Fordham enters the game with a record of 1-4 following a 72-66 home loss to Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday. They are coming off a 2013-2014 season with a record of 10-21 overall, 2-14 in the A-10. The Rams were picked to finish last of 14 teams in this season’s A-10 preseason poll.

The Rams have four players averaging in double figures over their first five games. They are led by 6-6 freshman guard Eric Paschall who is averaging 19.8 points per game (1st in the A-10). Mandell Thomas, a 6-2 junior guard averages 11.8 points while 6-8 freshman forward Chris Sengfelder and 6-8 junior forward Ryan Rhoomes each add 10.2 ppg. Rhoomes is second in the A-10 in rebounding with 10.4 boards per game.

Fordham will be playing without sophomore guard Jon Severe has taken a leave of absence from the team to address personal issues. Severe was last season’s second leading scorer for the Rams averaging 17.3 points per game. Severe has appeared in three games this year for the Rams, scoring just five total points. A former high school Parade All-American and the 2013 New York City and New York State Player of the Year from Christ the King High School, Severe was fifth in the nation amongst DI freshman in scoring last season.


Fordham 2014-2015 Results:

New York Institute of Technology     W 94-77

At Penn State                                         L 73-54

At Maryland                                          L 66-50

UMass Lowell                                       L 64-57

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