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Saints Face Challenge vs First Place Niagara

Siena is out in the road for the annual western NY trip and will take on Niagara on Thursday night at the Gallagher Center. The game can be seen on Time Warner Cable Sports and the tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Siena (4-13, 2-4) is coming off of back-to-back wins this past weekend over conference foes Canisius and St. Peter’s, breaking an 11 game losing streak.

The first of the two western NY games will serve as a challenge for the Saints who will again be playing without Rob Poole who did not make the trip due to illness. On the bright side, Ryan Oliver will be available following the news that his knee injury suffered in the opening minutes of Sunday’s game was determined to be a bruise.

“Gallagher arena is just a tough place to play for anybody and when we go there it’s sold out. They get up for Siena. So it’s very difficult to play in that environment”, said Siena Head Coach Mitch Buonaguro.

Niagara enters the game with an overall record of 9-8, 5-1 in the MAAC and tied for first place with Iona. They are led by sophomore guards Antoine Mason (18.4ppg.) and Juan’ya Green (16.4 ppg.)

“If you look at their stats they’ve got two great guards” , said Buonaguro. “Right away the challenge is to be able to guard. Green and Mason are playing great. Green is one of the best players in the league. He came in that way. Now Mason has become one of the best players in the league. They arguably have two of the top 10 players in the league.”

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