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Game Preview: Siena vs. St. Peter’s

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Siena returns to the Times Union Center on Sunday afternoon to take on St. Peter’s. Tip off is scheduled for 2 pm. This is the 83rd meeting between the two teams with St. Peter’s leading the series 44-38. The Peacocks have won 6 of the last 8 contests and the two teams split the series last season with each team winning at home.

Siena enters the game with a record of 8-10 overall and 5-4 in the MAAC following a 69-60 win over Marist on Friday night at the TUC. In his return after missing two games with an ankle injury, Rob Poole scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half and fueled a 20-2 run to allow the Saints to pull away for the win. Siena is looking for its first three-game win streak of the season.

Poole is Siena’s leading scorer averaging 15.1 points per game (7th in MAAC) and leading rebounder 5.3 rpg. He is averaging 16.7 points and shooting 47% (18-38) from beyond the three-point arc in MAAC games. 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 (83.8%). He now ranks 17th on the career scoring list at Siena (1,344) behind Steve Walters ’76 (1,346) and ranks 7th all time at Siena in three-pointers made (191) behind Dwayne Archbold (193).

Sophomore point guard Marquis Wright is second on the team in scoring averaging 12.9 points per game. He is currently second in the MAAC in assists (5.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and third in steals (1.9). Wright is now tied with Antoine Jordan for 14th all-time in assists at Siena with 291 (55 games) behind Kenny Hasbrouck (331, 129 games).

Sophomore Lavon Long is also averaging in double figures for Siena with 11.4 points per game and is 2nd on the team in rebounding pulling down 5.1 boards per contest.  He has scored in double figures in each of his last six games and is averaging 13.8 points and shooting 56% from the field in that span.

Sophomore Javion Ogunyemi as scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 games.He is averaging 8.8 points and 4.2 rebounds this season after averaging just  1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in his freshman season. Ogunyemi ranks third in the MAAC in field goal percentage (55%).

Evan Hymes is shooting 65% from the field overall and 46% from three-point range over the last five games. He now ranks 28th all-time in scoring at Siena with 1,218 career points behind Antoine Jordan  (1,232). He stands at 11th all-time in three-pointers made at Siena (171) behind Jeff Robinson (178). He is 12th in assists at Siena (336) behind Prosper Karangwa (343). Hymes 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 Mikeu Catino.

5 for 10: Five Siena players have averaged in double figures over the last ten games, Poole (16.6), Long (13.5), Wright (12.2), Hymes (10.9), and Ogunyemi (10.7).

St. Peter’s enters the game 9-11 overall and 3-6 in MAAC play after falling 62-55 to Quinnipiac on Wednesday. They have lost three of their last five games. The Peacocks are 9-2 when they score 59 points in a game a game and 7-2 when they hold an opponent to 60 points or less.

Senior Marvin Dominique, an All-MAAC Preseason first team selection is a now in his second season with St. Peter’s after transferring from Fordham. The 6-7 forward is averaging 13.6 points (12th in MAAC) per game and 8.0 rebounds (3rd in MAAC).

Senior Desi Washington, an All-MAAC Preseason second team pick, has scored double figures in 10 of 12 games this season and is averaging 14.3 points per game in his last three games. After missing eight games with a hand injury, the 6-2 senior guard is averaging 14.5 points per game in the 11 games since returning and the team is 6-5 in that span.

Tyler Gaskins, a 6-4 senior forward, has posted at least nine points 12 times this season, including eight double-figure performance. Gaskins has registered nine points in 11 of his last 14 games and is averaging 10.7 points per game in that stretch.

Saint Peter’s was picked fourth in the MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll behind Iona, Siena and Manhattan.

 

St. Peter’s 2014-2015 Results:

NOVEMBER

14 at Brown L, 58-70

16 at Hartford L, 50-51

20 NIAGARA * L, 59-61

22 at La Salle  L, 50-59

25 at Rutgers   W, 68-50

28 TENNESSEE STATE  W, 66-58

29 NORFOLK STATE  L, 58-60

DECEMBER

3 CANISIUS * L, 57-60

6 at Boston University W, 70-59

10 PRINCETON W, 60-46

14 at Seton Hall  L, 52-67

23 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON W, 69-60

28 at Cornell W, 59-52 OT

JANUARY

2 at Quinnipiac * W, 66-60

4 MARIST * W, 79-67

7 at Manhattan * L, 63-68

10 at Rider * L, 55-68

14 at Monmouth * W, 62-61 OT

16 MANHATTAN *  L, 65-72 OT

21 QUINNIPIAC * L, 62-55

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