Saints Look For Another Win Over Canisius

Siena is at Canisius on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the western NY road trip. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Saints, currently tied for 7th in the MAAC (4-14, 2-5), will be looking to rebound from their 87-64 loss to Niagara on Thursday.

In their first matchup in Albany just 8 days ago, Siena won 57-54 on a dramatic buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Rakeem Brookins. The game which broke Siena’s 11 game losing streak was one in which they effectively controlled tempo and used an aggressive zone defense to hold the Golden Griffins 20 points below their scoring average.

Siena will once again be short handed on Saturday. Second leading scorer Rob Poole (illness) and Trenity Burdine (academic suspension) did not make the trip to Buffalo. Freshman Ryan Oliver (bruised knee) is listed as day-to-day but is reported to be unlikely to play. Rakeem Brookins is reportedly experiencing soreness from a recurrent back problem and may see his minutes lessened as a result. Finally, OD Anosike sat out practice on Friday due to ankle soreness after tweaking it in the game vs Niagara but is expected to play.

Canisius (11-7, 4-3) is coming off a 64-60 win over Manhattan on Thursday. In that game senior guard Isaac Sosa led the Griffins with 25 points including 5 3-pointers. The game marked the 400th career win for Jim Baron, now in his 26th season as a Division I head coach.

In the first matchup, each member of Canisius’ starting guard trio scored in double figures. Sosa led with 13 points. Billy Baron and Harold Washington each had 12.

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