Game Preview: Siena Hosts Fairfield

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Siena returns home to the Times Union Center on Monday night to face Fairfield following a 66-53 loss at St. Peter’s on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. It is the 61st meeting between the two teams with Siena leading the series, 32-28. Siena (10-14. 6-7) enters the game tied for 6th place in the MAAC with Marist, while Fairfield (5-19, 2-11) sits in last place.

In their most recent meeting two weeks ago, Siena overcame a rough first half where they trailed by as many as 11 points, and outscored the Stags 39-25 in the final 20 minutes to go on to win 64-56 in Bridgeport. Rob Poole and Brett Bisping finished with 19 points each, tallying 28 of the Saints’ 39 second half points. They were a combined perfect 15-15 from the free throw line (Poole 10-10, Bisping 5-5). Ryan Oliver scored 9 points (3-5 three pointers) and added 6 rebounds.

Fairfield was led by Maurice Barrow with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Justin Jenkins had 13 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The Stags leading scorer Marcus Gilbert (13.5 ppg.) was held to just five points on 2-of-8 shooting.

Siena’s 53 points scored on Friday were the fewest points they have scored all season. The Saints’ two leading scorers, Rob Poole (15.6) and Evan Hymes (10.0) were each held scoreless. Siena’s 95 points scored in the game prior, an overtime loss to Quinnipiac, were the most they have scored this season.

While much is being made of Siena’s fouling struggles this season, they are not alone as they are joined by other MAAC teams amongst the nation’s fouls-per-game leaders. Siena is 7th in the nation in fouls per game (23.5). Manhattan is 1st (25.7), Niagara 3rd (24.5), and Monday night’s opponent Fairfield is tied for 16th (22.8) nationally.

Ryan Oliver scored a career-high 15 points, all in the second half on Friday. He is shooting 44% (11-25) from three-point land in the last 10 games after hitting just 6-23 (26%) in the first 14 games this season.

Lavon Long has averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 blocks over the last six games while shooting 81% (21-26) from the free throw line. He has scored in double figures in 12 of Siena’s 24 games this season.

Brett Bisping has averaged 14.4 points over the last five games while shooting 64% from the field. He has averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 59% overall and 40% from beyond the arc in MAAC games this season.

Marquis Wright who was just named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, is averaging 11.3 points, 5.1 assists and 5 rebounds over the last eight games while shooting 49% FG and 71% FT. He continues to the lead the MAAC in assists (5.5) and is tied in steals (1.8).

Fairfield is coming off a 60-56 win against Monmouth on Friday breaking a five-game losing streak. Their last win prior came on Jan. 18 when they beat Manhattan, 71-67.

The Stags are led by a pair of forwards, 6-6 sophomore Marcus Gilbert averaging 13.5 points per game and 6-5 senior Maurice Barrow with 12.8.

Fairfield ranks second in the MAAC in scoring defense allowing 68.9 points per game. However, they rank last in scoring averaging 61.2 points per contest.


Fairfield 2013-2014 Results:

11/9 Sacred Heart W, 67-54

11/13 Hartford L, 53-63

11/16 at Loyola  L, 52-59

11/20 Holy Cross L, 49-63

11/23 vs. Louisville L, 57-71

11/24 Richmond L, 47-68

11/29 at Providence  L, 69-78

12/6 at Quinnipiac * L, 79-83

12/8 Iona* L, 72-83

12/15 Northeastern  W, 64-60

12/21 at Green Bay L, 58-74

12/28 at Bucknell W, 73-64

1/2 at Marist* L, 56-75

1/4 at Manhattan* L, 83-57

1/8 Saint Peter’s* L, 55-56

1/10 at Iona* L, 75-84

1/16 Niagara*  L, 63-67

1/18 Manhattan*  W, 71-67

1/20 at Belmont L, 53-62

1/23 at Monmouth*  L, 60-63

1/26 Siena* L, 56-64

2/1 Canisius* L, 58-84

2/3 at Rider L, 65-73

2/7 Monmouth* W, 30-56

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