Game Preview: Siena at Monmouth

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Siena heads on the road Sunday afternoon to face Monmouth in their regular season finale. Tip off at the Multipurpose Activity Center, for the game to be broadcast on ESPN3, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. This is the 7th meeting all-time between the two teams with the series tied at three games each.

The two teams met for the first time this season two weeks ago on Feb. 14th. with the Hawks cruising to a 83-64 win at the Times Union Center. Monmouth shot 16-28 (57.1%) from the field and scored 49 second-half points against a struggling Siena defense. Local product, Collin Stewart of Glenville led Monmouth with a career-high 21 points on 8-9 shooting from the field. Deon Jones had 17 points and Justin Robinson added 14. Evan Hymes led the Saints with 13 points. Marquis Wright had 12 points, Javion Ogyunyemi scored 11 points and Rob Poole added 10 points.

Siena enters the game with a record of 10-18 overall and 7-12 in the MAAC placing them in a tie for seventh place with St. Peter’s. The Saints have lost 8 of their last 10 games. They will be either the seven or eight seed in next week’s MAAC Tournament. Siena would earn the 7 seed with a win over Monmouth and an Iona win over St. Peter’s.

The Saints will play on Thursday in the First Round of the MAAC Tournament either at 5 p.m. in the 8/9 game or at 7 p.m. in the 7/10 game against either Fairfield, Niagara or Canisius.

Rob Poole leads the Saints averaging 14.2 points per game (10th in MAAC). Struggling as of late with a nagging ankle injury, he is likely to sit out Sunday’s game according to a report by the Times Union.

With his 20 points on Friday, Evan Hymes  became the fifth Siena player to score 1,300 points and tally 300 assists joining Marc Brown, Doremus Bennerman, Kenny Hasbrouck and Scott Knapp.

Together Poole and Hymes are the seventh highest scoring pair of classmates in Siena history with a combined 2,778 points. They are behind Alex Franklin and Ronald Moore in 6th place with 2.800.

Sophomore Marquis Wright is 2nd in the MAAC in assists with 4.9 per game and 4th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). Just a sophomore he ranks 13th on the Siena career assist list with 336 behind Prosper Karangwa in 12th place with 343. Wright is second on the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game.

Sophomore Lavon Long is third on the team in scoring averaging 10.5 points and leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 5.0 boards per game. He has fouled out of 7 of the last 9 games and leads the nation with 4.12 fouls per game.

Sophomore Javion Ogunyemi is averaging 9.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He has averaged a team best 12 points while shooting 63% from the field over the last 6 games. Ogunyemi currently ranks 3rd in the MAAC in FG percentage shooting 54.3%.

Monmouth enters the game with a record of 16-14 overall and 12-7 in the MAAC. They are tied with Manhattan in the standings and will finish either third or fourth.

The Hawks are led by 6-6 junior guard Deon Jones who is averaging 12.4 points and Justin Robinson, a 5-8 sophomore guard averaging 13.3 points per game.

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