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Game Preview: Siena Hosts Canisius

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Siena returns to the Times Union Center on Saturday to take on Canisius, a team currently in a 3-way tie for second place in the MAAC with Manhattan and Quinnipiac. It is the 81st meeting between two teams with Siena leading the series 51-29. Siena is 26-3 at home against the Golden Griffins since joining the MAAC in 1989 with the last home loss to them coming in the 2004-2005 season. The Saints have won nine straight over the Golden Griffins at home.

In the earlier matchup this season (Dec 8), Billy Baron had 21 points and 13 assists and Canisius made 15-26 3-pointers in a 93-78 win over Siena in Buffalo. The Saints who trailed by as many as 28 early in the second half, were led by Brett Bisping with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Freshman Michael Wolfe had a career-high 14 points, Maurice White scored 10 and Marquis Wright added 8 points and 12 assists. Dominique Raney and Zach Lewis added 19 and 18 respectively for Canisius.

Siena enters the game with an overall record of 11-15, and tied for 6th place in the MAAC with a conference record of 7-8. They are coming off a heartbreaking 65-64 closing seconds loss to Marist on Friday night. They will be looking to bounce back with a key home win where they are 8-3 this season.

For Siena, this is the first of four straight games against the top five teams in the MAAC. The Saints are currently 0-5 against the top four teams and 7-3 against the rest of the conference. They have allowed 92.2 points per game in those five losses and only 61 points in the other ten league games.

Evan Hymes is just 12 points away from becoming the 39th player (31st Division I) in Siena history to reach the 1,000 point mark. He has scored 12 points or more ten times this season but has averaged just 5.4 points over the last seven games. He currently ranks 11th all-time in career 3-point shots made (144) at Siena.

Rob Poole ranks 35th all-time in Division I Siena scoring (926) and is 13th all-time in three-pointers made (135). While leading the Saints in scoring this season averaging 14.6 points per game, he has averaged just 7 points over the last 3 games while shooting 31% from the field and 17% (2-12) from three.

Scoring a career-high 20 points on Friday, three time MAAC Rookie of the Week Marquis Wright has averaged 11.6 points, shot 51% from the field and 73% from the free throw line over the last 10 games. He leads the league in assists (5.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9).

Lavon Long has scored in double figures in six of Siena’s last eight games. He tallied his second double-double on Friday vs. Marist (13 points, 11 rebounds). Long is shooting 82% from the free throw line over the last 10 games and sank 6 straight during crunch time on Friday.

Brett Bisping leads the Saints in scoring (14.3) over the last 7 games while shooting 62% from the field. He is second in the MAAC in field goal percentage on the season shooting 55.2%.

Rich Audu is out for the season and is expected to undergo knee surgery on 2/21. Despite appearing in just 13 of Siena’s 26 games this season due in large part to injuries, it appears he would not be eligible for an injury redshirt as NCAA rules require that a player appear in less than 30% of their team’s games and none after the midpoint of the schedule.

Canisius (17-9, 11-4) is led by MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Billy Baron. He is currently 2nd in the MAAC and 4th in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.0 points per game. He is second in the MAAC in assists (4.9), 1st in free throw percentage (89.0%), 5th in steals (1.5), 1st in 3-pointers made (3.2) and tops in minutes played (38.6).

Also averaging in double figures for the Griffs, 6-3 senior guard Chris Perez adds 11.9 points and 6-10 senior forward Jordan Heath averages 10.4 points.

6-3 freshman guard Lou Dunbar is the son of “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, long time star with the Harlem Globetrotters. After a 27 year career as a player with the Globetrotters, “Sweet Lou” is currently Director of Player Personnel for the organization.

Senior forward Chris Manhertz (8.7 ppg. 6.5rpg.) has missed the last two games due to a broken nose he suffered on 2/7 vs. Manhattan. He had a procedure of Wednesday to help fix his nose. It is confirmed he will be out for Sunday’s game.

The game will be televised across New York on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel as follows: Albany – 323, Buffalo- 87, Rochester – 98, Syracuse -324, NYC -199, Hudson Valley – 323

 

Canisius 2013-2014 Results:

November

Mon. 11 SOUTH DAKOTA ………………………… W, 71-66

Sat. 16 at St. Bonaventure ……………………. L, 86-64

Mon. 18 at Rutgers 1 (ESPN3) …………………. L, 66-51

Tue. 19 vs. Elon 1 …………………………………….. W, 86-85

Mon. 25 vs. Georgia State 2 ……………………… W, 79-71

Tue. 26 vs. Metro State 2 ………………………… L, 83-69

December

Fri. 6 SAINT PETER’S * ………………………… W, 82-67

Sun. 8 SIENA * ……………………………………….. W, 93-78

Wed. 11 at Buffalo 3 (TW SportsChannel)…….. W, 69-55

Sat. 14 at St. Francis Brooklyn ……………… L, 67-51

Mon. 16 at Holy Cross ……………………………… W, 83-73

Sat. 21 LAMAR 4………………………………………. W, 87-74

Sun. 29 at Notre Dame (ESPNU) …….. L, 87-81 (OT)

January

Sat. 4 at Saint Peter’s * ………………………… W, 67-63

Mon. 6 at Marist * …………………………………… L, 65-62

Sun. 29 RIDER * ……………………………… W, 94-91 (2OT)

Sun. 12 MONMOUTH * …………………………… W, 87-67

Fri. 17 at Iona * (ESPNU) ………………………. W, 85-83

Sun. 19 at Monmouth * …………………………. L, 83-82

Wed. 22 NIAGARA * …………………………………. W, 87-74

Sun. 26 MARIST * …………………………………….. W, 78-65

Thu. 30 at Quinnipiac * (SNY) ……………….. W, 86-74

February

Sat. 1 at Fairfield * ……………………………….. W, 84-58

Fri. 7 MANHATTAN * (ESPNU) …………… L, 84-73

Sun. 9 IONA * 5 ………………………………………. L, 101-91

Fri. 14 at Niagara * (ESPNU) ………….. W, 71-65

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