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Game Preview: Siena Travels To MAAC Rival Marist

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Siena heads to Poughkeepsie Friday night to take on MAAC rival Marist. Tipoff at McCann Arena is scheduled for 8 pm for the game to be broadcast on ESPN3. It is the 74th meeting between the two teams with Siena leading the series, 49-24. The Saints have won 13 of the last 15 games and 5 of the last 6 in Poughkeepsie. With a win, Siena would move into a tie with Rider for the much coveted 5th place spot in the MAAC.

“Marist is playing very good,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “I’ve always had a tough time playing there even when I was at Loyola. I’ve seen Marist lots of different ways. All I know is when the band’s going, they got that crazy band director. He’s a good guy and they’ve got a good crowd. They got Adam Kemp back. It’s gonna be a tough game. That’s our rivalry game.”

In their most recent matchup on Jan 10, Brett Bisping racked up a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead Siena to a 67-58 win over the Red Foxes. Rob Poole scored 15 points, Marquis Wright added 7 assists and 4 steals and Lavon Long added 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Freshman Khallid Heart pumped in a game-high 22 points for Marist. The Red Foxes played without starting center Adam Kemp, who missed the game due to a knee injury. Leading scorer Chavaughn Lewis was held to 11 points, shooting just 4-10 from the field.

The Saints (11-14, 7-7) are coming off a dramatic 77-75 win over Fairfield on Monday night after rallying from a 17-point deficit. Bisping led all Saints scorers with 17 points in addition to eight rebounds and three blocks. He was joined in double figures by Poole (14), Evan Hymes (13), and Long (10).

Evan Hymes is just 15 points shy of the 1,000 point milestone for his career. He would become the 39th player overall and the 31st Division I player in Siena history to reach that mark.

Brett Bisping is averaging 12.4 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 59% from the field in MAAC games. He has averaged 14.8 points shooting 65% in the last 6 games and averaged 12.6 points, shooting 59% in Siena’s 11 wins. He is second in the MAAC in field goal percentage (55.8%) on the season. He is second on the team in scoring (10.0) and leads the team in rebounding (5.8).

The Saints have allowed an average of 80.9 points in their 14 losses and just 62.2 points per game in their 11 wins. They are 6-0 when holding opponents to 62 or less and 0-7 when allowing 80 points or more.

Lavon Long has scored in double figures in 5 of the last 7 games and is shooting 75% from the free throw line in the last 18 games. With his zero fouls on Monday, Long no longer leads the nation in fouls per game (tied 2nd 3.88). He has fouled out just twice in the last 11 games after doing so in 7 of the first 14.

Rob Poole (14.9 ppg.) had gone 77 minutes 13 seconds without scoring a basket until hitting a shot with 11:03 left in the second half Monday night against Fairfield. He scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime after going scoreless in the previous game against St. Peter’s. He is just 81 points shy of the 1,000 point mark.

Marquis Wright leads the MAAC in assists (5.4) and is tied for 1st in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). He is averaging 10.7 points, 5 assists and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 50% from the field since the first Marist game (9 games).

Ryan Oliver has shot 44% (12-27) from three-point range in the last 11 games after shooting just 6-23 (26%) in the first 14 games.

Rich Audu will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury which will require surgery.

Siena’s 4.1 three-pointers made per game is tied for 8th fewest in the nation. They are shooting just 25% (20-79) over the last six games.

The Saints committed less than 20 fouls on Monday for just the 6th time this season. They are tied for 9th nationally with 23.2 fouls per game.

Marist enters the game with a record of 9-15, 6-8 in the MAAC following an 83-78 loss at Quinnipiac on Monday. They have won seven of their last eight games at McCann Arena.

The Red Foxes are led by 6-5 junior Chavaughn Lewis averaging 17.1 points per game. Five time MAAC Rookie of the Week, Khallid Hart averages 13.9 points and senior Jay Bowie adds 11.5. 6-10 senior Adam Kemp who missed the last game vs. Siena, has returned to the lineup and averages 9.5 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game.

“Marist-Siena needs to be a good game for the MAAC,” Patsos said. “We know that Siena and Marist is a big game. We are close teams. We are teams that travel as fan bases. It should be a fun game. Our mantra is we made a decision to make this thing fun down the stretch and this is the way you play.”

 

Marist 2013-2014 Results:

N8 at Stony Brook L, 71-55

N10 ELON L, 75-48

N13 at Saint Joseph’s L, 81-62

N16 at Providence L, 93-48

N22 vs. Maryland$ L, 68-43

N23 vs. Loyola Marymount$ L, 76-70

N25 vs. Morgan State$ L, 74-67 (OT)

D4 at Iona* L, 83-74

D6 MANHATTAN* L, 70-59

D15 at Coll. of Charleston W, 69-62

D20 BUCKNELL W, 69-51

D22 PENN W, 76-62

J2 FAIRFIELD* W, 75-56

J6 CANISIUS* W, 65-62

J10 at Siena* L, 67-58

J12 at Manhattan* L, 86-79 (OT)

J18 RIDER* L, 66-56

J20 SAINT PETER’S* W, 70-63

J24 at Niagara* L, 80-74

J26 at Canisius* L, 78-65

J30 MONMOUTH* W, 75-73

F1 NIAGARA* W, 78-64

F6 at Rider* W, 68-61

F10 at Quinnipiac* L, 83-78

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