Game Preview: Siena At Purdue

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The cardiac kids from Loudonville have traveled to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on the Purdue Boilermakers (4-0) of the Big Ten. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network and is scheduled for a  Noon tipoff.

The game represents a non-bracketed game of the Old Spice Classic. Both teams will head to Disney World to begin bracketed play on Thanksgiving Day. Purdue and Siena will appear on opposite ends of the bracket.

Purdue is 1-0 lifetime vs. Siena. The two teams last met in the First Round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  The Saints led at halftime of that matchup before falling behind by as many as 15 in second half. They Pulled back within 3 with 1:05 to play on a Ryan Rossiter layup but it was not enough as the 4th seed Boilmakers won 72-64 and subsequently advanced on to Sweet 16. The game marked the end of the Saints three year domination of the MAAC. It was the final game for Alex Franklin, Ronald Moore, and Edwin Ubiles in a Siena uniform and the final game for the Saints with Fran McCaffery as Head Coach.

Siena is 2-3 on the season with their two wins coming in closing seconds of both games. This past week Marquis Wright hit a buzzer-beater floater to push Siena over St. Bonaventure and an Imoh Silas put back with 6.5 seconds left beat Cornell on Friday night. Silas had a career- high 17 point 14 rebound performance in that game against Cornell, his first start of the season filling in for injured Javion Ogunyemi who remains out with ankle injury. Rob Poole had 19 points on 4-6 3-point shooting coming off the bench. He is expected to return to starting lineup vs. Purdue.

Poole leads the Saints averaging 16.2 points per game while freshman Lavon Long is averaging 10.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Purdue meanwhile is led by 6-0 sophomore guard Ronnie Johnson, 13.8 ppg, and 6-4 senior guard Terone Johnson, 12.5 ppg. As a team the Boilmakers are averaging 87.5 ppg, 38th nationally.

Purdue is coming off an 83-55 win over Eastern Illinois on Wednesday night. The Boilermakers held the Panthers to defensive season lows in field goal percentage (.328) and points allowed (55). Meanwhile, Purdue was led by Bryson Scott’s 14 points and six rebounds in 15 minutes. Ronnie Johnson added a 10 points, eight-assist, one-turnover performance in just 24 minutes of action.

Purdue enters the contest with a 4-0 mark and is excelling on the offensive end of the floor. The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.496) and third in scoring (87.5), despite having no players rank in the top 18 individually in scoring. Matt Painter has 10 players averaging at least 5.3 points per game, led by Ronnie Johnson’s 13.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. Johnson is fifth in the Big Ten in both field goal percentage (.600) and assists (4.8). Terone Johnson, who needs 15 points for 1,000 in his career, is second on the team at 12.5 points per game. Defensively, the Boilermakers are allowing 70.2 points per game and foes are shooting 38.1 percent against the Purdue defense.

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