Game Preview: Siena At Loyola

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Siena returns to action Saturday night as they head to Baltimore, Md. to take on former MAAC foe Loyola. Tip off at Reitz Arena is scheduled for 7 pm. It serves as a homecoming of sorts for Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos who came to Siena after serving as head coach of the Greyhounds for nine seasons before they headed to the Patriot League.

This is the 57th meeting between  the two teams with Siena leading the series, 37-19. Loyola has won the last six matchups however with the last win coming Feb. 16, 2013 when a Patsos led team rolled over Siena, 80-57 at the Times Union Center.

Siena enters the game after a nine-day layoff with a record of 1-2. After losing on the road to UMass (95-87) and in their home opener to Vermont (87-76), the Saints earned their first win of the season at St. Bonaventure (73-70) on Nov. 19.

Senior Rob Poole leads the Saints averaging 17.7 points per game (4th in the MAAC) and a MAAC-leading 3.7 steals per game (10th nationally). Ryan Oliver is shooting 75% (12-16) from the field and 75% (9-12) from three-point range both tops in the MAAC. He is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 ppg.

Marquis Wright is currently leading the MAAC with 6.7 assists per game. He has 20 assists and just six turnovers through three games. Lavon Long is averaging 10.7 ppg. while pulling down a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game (T-8th in the MAAC). Javion Ogunyemi is averaging 8.3 points per game through three games after averaging just 1.9 points per game last season.

Poole (165) and Evan Hymes  (157) currently rank 11th and 12th respectively all-time at Siena in 3-pointers made behind 10th place Jim Secretarski with 169.

As a team, the Saints are averaging 78.7 points per game after averaging 69.3 points per game last season and 60.0 points per game in 2012-13.

Loyola enters the game with a record of 2-3 following a 70-37 loss to Syracuse on Tuesday. They finished with a record of 11-19 overall last season, 6-12 and tied for 7th in the Patriot League under 1st year coach G.G Smith.

Eric Laster, a 6-6 junior guard, leads the Greyhounds in scoring averaging 14.6 points per game. He scored a career-high 24 points of Loyola’s 39 against Butler. Tyler Hubbard (9.9ppg.) is second in scoring for Loyola and scored a career-high 21 points of his team’s 37 vs. Syracuse. Laster had 14 versus Syracuse as the two combined for all but 2 of their squad’s total points. Just 3 Loyola players have scored in each of their last two games.


 Loyola 2014-15 Results

Fri. 14 at Texas Tech L, 71-59

Sun. 16 Cornell W, 76-71

Wed. 19 UMBC W, 45-38

Sat. 22 at Butler L, 80-39

Tues. 25 at Syracuse L, 70-37



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