Game Preview: Siena vs. St. Bonaventure


The Saints return to the Times Union Center Tuesday night to take on St. Bonaventure of the A-10 Conference in the Franciscan Cup game. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Bonaventure leads the all-time series 28-6 (7-1 D1) and have won the last 5. In last year’s matchup Bonaventure won 58-43 at the Reilly Center. This will be the Saints last home game until Dec. 23rd when they take on Hofstra. Their next 7 games are on the road. The last schedule in which they had 7 or more games in a row away from home in the same season was in 1989-90.

Siena enters the game with an 0-3 record following an impressive effort in a 78-74 loss vs. LaSalle on Saturday. Junior Rob Poole led the way with 21 points, his first back-to-back 20-point games in his career. Amongst the many bright spots for the Saints was a much improved shooting performance from 3-point range hitting 7-12 (58%). They had previously made just 6-34 (17.6%) 3-pointers in their first 2 games. It was their best result from 3 in 40 games.

Freshman Lavon Long has been a consistent force for the Saints scoring in double figures in all 3 games and averaging 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Evan Hymes had a season high 11 points and five assists coming off the bench vs. LaSalle. Freshman Javion Ogunyemi was also solid against the Explorers with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in a season-high 29 minutes.

Sophomore guard Rich Audu is listed as questionable after missing the first 3 games with an ankle injury.

Siena has experienced a deficit of -50 free throws attempted over the first 3 games (110-60). They have been outscored 85-41, or an average of nearly 15 points per game from the line.

St. Bonaventure enters the game with a record of 3-0 following wins over South Dakota (68-46), Abilene Christian (75-47) and Canisius (86-64), all at home. In the win over MAAC opponent Canisius on Saturday, 6-4 senior guard Matthew Wright led the Bonnies with a career-high 27 points. 7-0 junior center Youssou Ndoye added a double-double with 13 points 10 rebounds and 6-3 senior guard Charlon Kloof chipped in with 15 points.

Bonaventure is an experienced team starting 3 seniors and 2 juniors against a Siena team which has started 4 freshmen in the last 2 games. They have four players averaging in double figures, Wright (16.0) Kloof (14.0) Ndoye (11.3 along with 8.0 rebounds) and Jordan Gathers (11.0). As a team they hold a +24.0 points and +15.3 rebounds per game advantage over their opponents. In 2012-13 they finished with an overall record of 14-15, 7-9 in the A-10.



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