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Game Preview: Siena vs. Bucknell

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Siena is set to take on Bucknell on Sunday in their final non-conference game of the regular season. The game is part of a double-header with the women’s team who play Colgate. Tip off at the Times Union Center for the men’s game is at 2 pm with the women’s game to follow. (Women’s Game Preview Here) This is just the second meeting between the two teams with the Saints winning the original matchup 83-65 in December, 1985 at the Alumni Recreation Center.

Siena Basketball Legend, Kenny Hasbrouck ’09, will be featured as part of Hall of Fame Day Sunday as he leads this year’s Siena Athletic Hall of Fame class. Hasbrouck who is playing professionally in Italy and unable to attend the ceremony, joins Chris Alesio `89 (baseball), April London `09 (volleyball) and Sarah Mayer ’09 (tennis). Alesio, London and Mayer will be inducted at a pregame reception at TASTE and recognized at halftime.

Hasbrouck is one of just four Siena Men’s Basketball players to have his jersey retired. The Saints’ all-time leader in steals (248) and fourth all-time leading scorer (1,917), he was twice named the MAAC Tournament MVP after leading the Saints to back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009.

After his freshman season, Hasbrouck was named the 2005-06 MAAC Rookie of the Year. Following his senior season as a Saint, the Capitol Heights, Md. native was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American, MAAC Player of the Year and First Team NABC All-District selection. As a junior, he was tabbed Siena College’s Male Student Athlete of the Year, the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Player of the Year, Second Team NABC All-District and a First Team All-MAAC selection.

Hasbrouck twice signed with the NBA’s Miami Heat following graduation. He has gone on to enjoy an impressive professional career overseas and currently plays for Mobyt Ferrara in Italy’s A2 Silver League. He is second in the league in scoring averaging 18.9 ppg. and steals (2.1).

“I’m very honored and grateful to be inducted into the Siena HOF,” said Hasbrouck on the announcement of the honor. “Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, team managers, fans, the Siena community and last but not least Coach Mac!”

Siena enters the game with a record of 3-7 following a 75-57 loss to Cornell on Tuesday. It was their fourth straight loss. The short-handed Saints are without three of their top six scorers, sophomore starter Lavon Long (9.9 ppg.) out with an ankle injury, junior Brett Bisping (8.7 ppg.) who is out at least until Feb. following toe surgery and sophomore Patrick Cole (8.4 ppg.) who has been suspended indefinitely. Senior center Imoh Silas, who started 32 of 38 games a year ago, is out for the season with a torn ACL. Although Long remains out for Sunday’s game, leaving Siena with just eight available scholarship players once again, they are hopeful he will be able to return once conference play resumes next Friday at Fairfield.

Siena is led in scoring by senior Rob Poole, a preseason All-MAAC First team selection who is averaging 13.2 points per game. He continues to struggle shooting the ball however hitting just 33% from the field and 26 % from beyond the three-point arc after shooting 41%FG and 36% 3 pt. a season ago. He was just 2-12 and 1-8 last game out. Poole has moved up to number 26 all-time in scoring (1,234) at Siena behind Mike Catino (1,238). Evan Hymes is number 30 (1,132) behind Clarence Jackson (1,164).

Sophomore point guard Marquis Wright is having a solid second season as a Saint. He is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.0 points. He leads the MAAC in assists (5.6, 26th nationally) and assist/turnover ratio (2.8). He is second in the MAAC in steals averaging 2.0. Wright has moved up to number 19 all-time at Siena in assists with 255 in just 48 games. He is just behind Marcus Faison (257 in 119 games). Evan Hymes is currently number 13 (324 in 109 games) behind Kenny Hasbrouck (331 in 129 games).

Siena ranks second in the MAAC and 57th nationally in scoring with an average of 73.1 points per game. They have steadily increased their scoring output over the last two seasons after averaging 69.3 last season and just 60.0 the year before. Over their current four-game losing streak however, they have averaged just 64.8 points while shooting 36% from the field and 26% from three-point range. They had averaged 78.7 points and shot 45% overall and 37% from three in the first six games of the season.

Sophomore big man Javion Ogunyemi continues to show improvement of late for Siena. He is coming off  a 12-point and 4 rebound performance vs. Cornell. Ogunyemi is averaging 7.3 points and 3.2 rebounds so far this season after averaging 1.9 points and 1.8 boards as a freshman.

Junior Ryan Oliver has also increased his contribution averaging 9.2 points per game while shooting 52% from the field and 46% from three. He averaged 4.7 points while shooting 39.3% FG and 36.5% 3-pt. a year ago.

Bucknell enters the game with a record of 5-7 following a 60-53 loss at Wake Forest on Monday. They are coming off last season with a record of 16-14 missing the postseason after appearing in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2013 and reaching the NIT second round in 2012. They were picked to finish 5th in the Patriot League preseason poll for this season.

The Bison are led by 6-5 junior guard, Chris Haas who enters the game averaging 17.8 points per game. He has stood out against top-25 opponents earlier this year scoring 21 points at Michigan, and a career-high 32 at Villanova. In the two games combined, Hass shot 16 of 26 from the field, 8 of 14 from 3-point distance and 13 of 14 from the foul line. Including a 14-point performance against Penn State and a 26-point game at Wake Forest on Monday, Hass averaged 23.3 ppg in the four games against major-conference opponents this season. He currently ranks 12th nationally in FT% (91.8%).

In an effort to replenish post-holiday food supplies at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Siena Athletics will host a food collection drive during its men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Sunday, December 28 at 2 p.m. at the Times Union Center as part of the BlueShield of Northeastern New York Saints in the Community Program. Click here for more details. Siena Holding Food Drive at Sunday’s Basketball Doubleheader

Bucknell 2014-2015 Results:

 11/14 MARIST  75-72 W

11/17 at #24/23 Michigan  77-53 L

11/20 at #12 Villanova  72-65 L

11/22 MOUNT ST. MARY’S  73-69 L

11/24 at Toledo 92-65 L

11/25 vs. UMES (at Toledo) 58-55 W

11/28 PENN STATE 88-80 L

12/1 at Fairfield (OT) 72-66 W

12/6 at Columbia  62-39 L

12/8 ALBANY  61-58 W

12/19 CASE WESTERN RESERVE  88-65 W

12/22 at Wake Forest  60-53 L

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