Game Preview: Siena Faces Rider in Key Matchup

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Siena heads on the road to Lawrenceville, NJ on Sunday to take on Rider. Tipoff at Alumni Gymnasium is scheduled for 2 pm. This is the 41st meeting between the two teams with Siena leading the series 26-14. Siena will be looking to sweep this season’s series after Rider swept the series last season for the first time since joining the MAAC in 1997-1998.

In their last meeting on Jan 4th, Brett Bisping led Siena with 20 points shooting 7-9 from the field on the way to a 62-47 win at the Times Union Center. The Saints shot 67% from the field in the second half and held the Broncs to just 47 points, the fewest opponent total in six years. Anthony Myles scored a game high 21 points however he was the only Rider player to score more than 6 points.

With just three games remaining, Siena (8-9) is just one game out of fifth place behind Rider (9-8). The Saints are currently tied with Marist (8-9) who faces Iona at home on Sunday. With a Saints win vs. Rider, they would hold a tie-breaker over the Broncs and a potential three-way tie-breaker over Marist and Rider. The top 5 teams earn a first round bye in the upcoming MAAC Tournament.

The Saints (12-16, 8-9) have certainly kept things entertaining this season as 10 of their 28 games have been decided by five or fewer points. They are 5-5 in those close games. Their last four games have been decided by four points or fewer, a stretch which has not occurred since the 1997-1998 season.

Rob Poole is just 24 points away from becoming the 40th Siena player to reach the 1,000 point career mark. Evan Hymes became the 39th player to reach that mark on Friday night. Hymes (148) and Poole (143) rank 11th and 12th all-time at Siena in three-pointers made.

Marquis Wright is averaging 11.2 points, 5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds over the last 12 games while shooting 49% from the field. He leads the MAAC in assists (5.6) and is second in steals (1.7).

Imoh Silas is averaging a team-high 7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game over the last five games. He currently ranks 5th in the MAAC in blocks (1.6).

Brett Bisping is averaging 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds over the last 25 games after averaging just 3.1 points and 2.8 rebounds over the first 28 games of his career.

Lavon Long has averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks the last 10 games. He has shot 80% (38-48) from the FT line the last 10 games.

Rider enters the game with a record of 13-13, 9-8 in the MAAC following an 80-77 loss to Iona on Friday night. The Broncs are led by a pair of seniors. Myles, a 6-5 guard averages 16.6 points (9th in the MAAC) and 6-7 forward Daniel Stewart averages 15.4 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds per game. Also in double figures, 6-3 freshman guard Jimmy Taylor adds 11.7 points per contest.


Rider 2013-2014 Results:


Tue. 12 at Lehigh L 78-92

Sun. 17 at Purdue  L 77-81

Sat. 23 at Central CT State W 89-73

Tue. 26 ALBANY L 59-70

Fri. 29 Rice at Santa Clara W 97-93 OT

Sat. 30 N. Dakota State L 70-87


Thur. 5 *at Monmouth (ESPN3) W 89-83

Sun. 8 *QUINNIPIAC W 90-78

Sat. 14 WAGNER W 79-58

Sat. 21 at Villanova  L 67-88

Sun. 29 PENNSYLVANIA  W 89-88


Thur. 2 *NIAGARA W 85-83

Sat. 4 *at Siena  L 47-62

Fri. 10 *at Canisius L 91-94 2ot

Sun. 12 * at Niagara W 90-78

Thu. 16 *SAINT PETER’S L 69-77

Sat. 18 * at Marist W 66-56

Fri. 24 * at Manhattan L 51-67

Sun. 26 * MONMOUTH W 77-71 OT

Fri. 31 *at Saint Peter’s W 71-53


Mon. 3 *FAIRFIELD W 73-65

Thur. 6 *MARIST  L 61-68

Sat. 8 *at Quinnipiac  L 61-82

Thur. 13 *MANHATTAN L 69-86

Sat. 15 *at Fairfield W 71-62

Fri. 21 *IONA  L 77-80

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