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Game Preview: Siena Men Host Marist

2013-14 mens team picture

The Siena men’s and women’s teams are hosting a double header Friday night with the women taking on Niagara followed by the men facing Marist. The action gets under way at 5 p.m. at the Times Union Center.

Siena Men vs. Marist

The Siena men vs. Marist matchup, is the 73rd meeting all-time between the two teams with Siena leading the series 48-24. The two teams met in last year’s MAAC Tournament with the Saints defeating the Red Foxes 70-64 Siena in Springfield. In the 2012-13 regular season, the two teams split, with each team winning on the opponent’s home floor. Siena has won 12 of last 14 games in the rivalry.

Siena (6-9, 2-2) enters the game winners of 4 straight at home and 4 of last 6 games overall. Last time out, sophomore Brett Bisping scored a career-high 20 points shooting 7-9 from the field, including 3-3 from beyond the arc to lead the Saints to a 62-47 win over Rider. He also added 7 rebounds. Rob Poole added 12 points and 4 rebounds. Imoh Silas turned in a solid all-around performance with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocked shots. Marquis Wright tallied 5 points, 5 assists and 3 steals and Lavon Long had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Rider’s 47 points were the fewest allowed by a Siena team in 6 years. Rider came into that game leading the MAAC in scoring with 80.1 points per game. Opponents are shooting just 37% from the field and 25% from 3 at the Times Union Center so far this season.

Poole leads the Saints with team highs in points (15.5) and rebounds (6.1). He has reached double figures in 12 of 15 games and has shot 49% (20-41) from 3 over last 8 games. Evan Hymes continues as second in scoring coming off the bench with 9.7 ppg. and Lavon Long is just behind with 9.2.

Bisping continues to emerge and is now averaging 8.3 points following his career-high of 20 vs. Rider. He has scored in double figures in 8 of the 12 last games after doing so just once in the first 28 games of his career. He is tied with Poole for the team lead in rebounds with 6.1.

Freshman point guard Marquis Wright leads the MAAC in assists (5.6) and steals (2.0) and has averaged 8 assists in MAAC games. He is tied with Tyler Ennis of Syracuse for No. 1 nationally for true freshmen in assists per game. He is also 5th in steals and 7th in minutes nationally amongst true freshmen.

Siena has committed 20 or fewer fouls in 4 of last 5 games after being whistled for more than 20 in their first 10 games. They are second in the MAAC in rebounding margin and have outrebounded the opponent in 10 of their last 11 games.

Maurice White (knee), who missed the second half vs. Rider, is expected to play Friday night. Evan Hymes who injured his leg during Thursday’s practice is also expected to play.

Rich Audu (ankle) who missed his second straight game on Saturday and 8th overall is considered questionable.

In an official announcement on Thursday, junior Marcus Hopper confirmed his intention to transfer from Siena following the spring semester. Currently listed as a red-shirt, he is expected to continue practicing with the team.

Marist enters the game with an overall record of 5-9 and 2-2 in the MAAC. They are seeking their sixth consecutive win after starting out the season 0-9. Their 5-game winning streak is their longest since the 2007-08 season under then head coach and former Siena standout, Matt Brady. The Red Foxes have not lost a game since the departure of junior point guard Isaiah Morton who left the team in early December after announcing that he was transferring from Marist.

The Red Foxes were picked to finish 5th in the 2013-14 MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll following a 10-21, 6-12 record last year and an 8th place regular-season finish in the MAAC just ahead of Siena, who finished 9th.

Friday night’s game will be the Red Foxes’ first road game since Dec. 15. Marist’s most recent victory was a 65-62 win over Canisius on Monday. Khallis Hart, a 6-2 Red-shirt freshman guard had 19 points along with career highs of nine rebounds and six assists. 6-5 junior swingman Chavaughn Lewis added 19 and 6-5 senior forward Jay Bowie had 18.

Lewis leads the Red Foxes in scoring with 16.7 points and adds 4.5 rebounds per game. Hart who was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for the third time on Monday adds 12.2 points and Bowie is also in double figures with 10.4.

Adam Kemp, a 6-10 senior center who has been a monster against Siena is averaging 7.9 points and a team leading 7.3 rebounds this season. He may be out on Friday night however after missing practices this week with a knee injury suffered in Monday’s game vs. Canisius.

Lewis and Kemp were both picked to the 2013-14 MAAC Preseason Second Team.

For a preview of the first game of the double-header, Siena women vs. Niagara, click here.

Marist 2013-2014 results:

Fri, Nov 08   Stony Brook  Stony Brook, N.Y.   55 – 71 (L)

Sun, Nov 10   Elon  Poughkeepsie, N.Y.      48 – 75 (L)

Wed, Nov 13   Saint Joseph’s  Philadelphia, Pa.     62 – 81 (L)

Sat, Nov 16   Providence  Providence, R.I.      48 – 93 (L)

 

Paradise Jam

Fri, Nov 22   Maryland  U.S. Virgin Islands      43 – 68 (L)

Sat, Nov 23   Loyola Marymount  U.S. Virgin Islands     70 – 76 (L)

Mon, Nov 25   Morgan State  U.S. Virgin Islands      67 – 74 (L) OT

 

Wed, Dec 04   Iona *  New Rochelle, N.Y.     74 – 83 (L)

Fri, Dec 06   Manhattan *  Poughkeepsie, N.Y.      59 – 70 (L)

Sun, Dec 15   College of Charleston  Charleston, S.C.    69 – 62 (W)

Fri, Dec 20   Bucknell  Poughkeepsie, N.Y.      69 – 51 (W)

Sun, Dec 22   Penn  Poughkeepsie, N.Y.      76 – 62 (W)

Thu, Jan 02   Fairfield *  Poughkeepsie, N.Y.     75 – 56 (W)

Mon, Jan 06   Canisius *  Poughkeepsie, N.Y.    7:00 p.m.  65 – 62 (W)

 

 

 

 

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