Siena heads to Manhattan on Sunday looking to even their MAAC record (0-1) and break a six game losing streak after suffering a 62-56 loss to Rider on Friday night. Tip off is scheduled for 2 o’clock.
Siena enters the game with an overall record of 2-8, equaling the roughest start in their D I history. Rakeem Brookins is expected to return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench on Friday and returning to action three weeks earlier than expected, following a reinjury to his back. Coach Mitch Buonaguro has also indicated that freshman F Brett Bisping has likely earned a spot in the starting lineup on Sunday due to his recent performance.
The Saints currently have four players averaging in double figures. OD Anosike leads with 12.7 ppg followed by Evan Hymes (12.0), Brookins (11.8) and Rob Poole (11.7). Siena ranks 53rd in the nation in field goal percentage defense (38,8%) and 29th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.2%).
Manhattan enters the game with an overall record of 2-5 and 0-1 in the MAAC following a 62-58 loss at Marist on Friday. The Jaspers are expected to be without preseason All-MAAC first teamer and leading scorer George Beamon (16.8 ppg), who is out with an ankle injury. Manhattan, like Siena has struggled offensively this season. They are ranked 9th in the MAAC in scoring, 57.0 points per game just behind the Saints with 57.1 ppg. The Jaspers are also the third worst team in the nation in turnovers, committing an average of 21.3 per game. Michael Alvarado will be the only active player for Manhattan scoring in double figures with 11.6 ppg.
The Jaspars will be looking for revenge vs their nemesis Siena who has eliminated them in five of the last six MAAC tournaments and three in a row following last seasons 84-82 OT Siena win in Springfield.