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Game Preview: Siena At St. Peter’s

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Siena (10-13 6-6) heads to Jersey City Friday night to take on St. Peter’s. Tipoff at the Yantelli Center is at 7 pm. It will be the 82nd meeting between the two teams with St. Peter’s leading the series 43-38.

In their most recent matchup just a couple weeks ago, Siena dominated the boards and turned in a solid defensive effort as they rolled over St. Peter’s, 64-47. Four players scored in double figures for the Saints. Rob Poole and Brett Bisping led all scorers with 14 points each. Marquis Wright finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and zero turnovers. Lavon Long added 10 points and a game-high 7 rebounds. No Peacocks scored in double figures as Marvin Dominique (17.1 ppg) and Dezi Washington (12.9) were held to just 7 points and 5 points respectively.

Marquis Wright was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the third time on Monday. He has raised his game up a notch over the last six games averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 51% from the field and 77% from the free throw line.

Siena has been out-rebounded in 3 straight games after being out-rebounded just once in 16 games. They will look for a repeat performance from the last time they faced St. Peter’s when they out-rebounding a solid team on the boards, 48-29.

Siena is 0-5 against Canisius, Manhattan, Iona and Quinnipiac and 6-1 against the rest of the MAAC. They have given up 92.2 points per game in those five losses and 57.7 per game in their other 7 league games.

Brett Bisping has continued to emerge averaging 15.3 points and shooting 62% in the last four games.

Lavon Long is averaging 11 points and 5.6 rebounds over the last 5 games and is shooting 74% from the free throw line in the last 16 games.

Evan Hymes is just 28 points away from becoming the program’s 39th player (31st Division I) 1,000-point scorer. He ranks 11th all-time in 3 pointers made with 142. Hymes will be looking to get back on track offensively Friday night as he has shot just 19% (5-27) from the field and 25% (3-12) from beyond the arc in the last four games.

Rob Poole is just 95 points away from reaching the 1,000 point milestone. He has averaged 20 points per game and shot 8-16 from three point range over the last 3 games.

St Peter’s enters the game with an overall record of 7-14, 3-9 in the MAAC following a 64-49 loss to Manhattan on Tuesday. It was their 5th straight loss.

St. Peter’s 2013-2014 Results:

November

9 at LIU Brooklyn L, 80-87

12 HAMPToN L, 59-64

17 at Kent State L, 58-75

23 at Fairleigh Dickinson W, 67-63

26 BINGHAMToN W, 70-57

30 at Boston University L, 65-66

December

6 at Canisius * L, 67-82

8 at Niagara * L, 57-61

14 at Seton Hall W, 83-80 ot

22 at Hartford L, 56-66

28 CoRNeLL W, 67-59

January

2 MANHATTAN * L, 62-74

4 CANISIUS * L, 63-67

8 at Fairfield * W, 56-55

12 QUINNIPIAC * W, 74-67

16 at Rider * W, 77-69

20 at Marist * L, 63-70

23 at Siena * L, 47-64

26 IONA * L, 63-71

31 RIDER * L, 71-53

February

3 at Manhattan* L, 64-49

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