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Game Preview: Siena vs. Rider

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Siena returns to the Times Union Center on Monday night to face Rider in the second of their two regular season matchups this season . Tip off is at 7 pm. It is the 43rd meeting between the two teams with Siena leading the series 27-15. When the two teams met in December, VCU transfer Teddy Okereafor helped lead a 27-6 second-half Broncs run on the way to his game-high 28 points and an 80-68 Rider win. Rider has won 4 of the last 6 meetings.

The Saints enter the game with a record of 8-12 overall and 5-6 in the MAAC, following an 87-79 loss at Manhattan on Friday. They are currently in 6th place in the conference.

Siena is in a challenging stretch of their MAAC schedule as 6 of their last 9 games are against teams with a .500 or better conference record. They are 5-2 against MAAC opponents with a record below .500 and 0-4 vs, teams above .500.

Rob Poole is Siena’s leading scorer averaging 14.7 points per game (7th in MAAC). He has averaged 16.4 points and shot 47% from the field and 51% (20-39) from beyond the three-point arc in 2015. He shot just 33% FG and 26% 3-pt. over the first 10 games of the season. Poole is second in the MAAC in free throw percentage (85.1%). He now ranks 15th on the career scoring list at Siena (1,366) behind Scott Knapp ’01 (1,381) and ranks 6th all time at Siena in three-pointers made (196) behind Jim Cantamessa (197).

Sophomore point guard Marquis Wright is second on the team in scoring averaging 12.7 points per game. He is currently second in the MAAC in assists (4.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) and tied for 2nd in steals (1.9). He has had 8 assists and 21 turnovers in the last five games. Wright is now 14th all-time in assists at Siena with 297 (57 games) behind Kenny Hasbrouck (331, 129 games).

Sophomore Lavon Long is also averaging in double figures for Siena with 12.1 points per game and leads the team in rebounding pulling down 5.3 boards per contest.  He has scored in double figures in every game he’s played in 2015 and has averaged 14.4 points while  shooting 59% from the field and 50% (3-6) from three-point range during that span. Long scored a career-high 20 points on Friday.

Sophomore Javion Ogunyemi as scored in double figures in seven of the last 12 games. He is averaging 8.5 points and 4.6 rebounds this season after averaging just  1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in his freshman season. Ogunyemi had a career high 11 rebounds on Friday.ranks 5th in the MAAC in field goal percentage (51.5%).

Evan Hymes is averaging 10.8 points and shooting 42% (16-38) from three-point range over the last 13 games. He now ranks 26th all-time in scoring at Siena with 1,239 career points behind Bob Hermann  ’70 (1,258). Hymes stands at 11th all-time in three-pointers made at Siena (174) behind Jeff Robinson (178) and is 12th in assists at Siena (342) just behind Prosper Karangwa (343). He is one of just eight players at Siena to reach 1,200 points and 300 assists for their career joining Marc Brown, Doremus Bennerman, Kenny Hasbrouck, Scott Knapp, Prosper Karangwa, Kevin McGraw and Mike Catino.

Siena is leading the MAAC and is tied for 3rd nationally in free throws made per game with 18.4. They have had 15 turnovers in 7 of their last 8 games. They are averaging 15.8 turnovers in MAAC games after averaging just 10 per game in non-conference action.

Opponents are shooting 39.6% from three-point range vs, the Saints this season, the highest allowed by any team in the MAAC and 11th highest in the country. In their last two games opponents have shot a combined 15-25 (60%) from beyond the arc.

Rider enters the game with a record of 14-8 overall and 8-3 in the MAAC. They are currently in 2nd place in the MAAC behind Iona (9-2).They are coming off a 58-49 win at St. Peter’s on Thursday.

The Broncs are led in scoring and rebounding by Matt Lopez, a  7-0 senior center who is averaging 11.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Okereafor, a 6-4 junior guard is scoring 10.5 points and Jimmie Taylor, a 6-3 sophomore guard is also in double figures with 10.0 points per game.

Rider has been playing the best defense in the MAAC lately, holding it’s opponent to less than 50 points three times in January, including the last two games.

The Broncs currently rank third in the MAAC in points allowed per game (63.1) and are second in the league in rebounding (34.8).

Rider has also been playing the best road basketball in the conference, having won its last seven away games. Rider is 5-1 in away MAAC games.

 

Rider 2014-2015 Results:

November

Fri. 14 at Princeton L 58-64

Tue. 18 at Pennsylvania W 73-57

Fri. 21 LEHIGH W 78-74

Mon. 24 at Kansas (ESPN3) L 60-87

Thur. 27 Michigan State in Orlando (ESPN2) L 45-77

Fri. 28 Georgia Tech in Orlando (ESPNU) L 54-61

Sun. 30 Santa Clara in Orlando (ESPN3) L 60-68

December

Wed. 3 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT ST. W 69-56

Sun. 7 *SIENA W 80-68

Wed. 10 *at Iona L 64-77

Sat. 13 at Hartford W 63-61

Thur. 18 MORGAN STATE W 62-48

Mon. 29 at Wagner W 76-71

January

Fri. 2 *at Marist W 69-59

Mon. 5 *at Fairfield (ESPN3) W 62-46

Sat. 10 *SAINT PETER’S W 68-55

Mon. 12 *MONMOUTH L 54-55

Thur. 15 *at Quinnipiac (ESPN3) W 56-53

Sun. 18 *at Manhattan W 82-79 ot

Thur. 22 *IONA L 68-78

Sat. 24 *CANISIUS W 59-46

Thur. 29 *at Saint Peter’s (ESPN3) W 58-49

 

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