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Saints Prepare For Exhibition Game Vs. Marc Brown Led Team
- Updated: November 1, 2013
Siena held practice Friday afternoon in preparation for their exhibition game against New Jersey City University Saturday night at the ARC. The game will give many fans their first opportunity to watch the new-look Saints in action before next week’s season-opener vs. U Albany. The night will also be highlighted by the return of Siena Hall of Famer and all-time leading scorer, Marc Brown who serves as head coach of the Gothic Knights. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
NJCU is coming off a season in which they made a significant turnaround finishing with a record of 15-13 after starting off 0-7 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (Division III). A strong defensive team, they allowed just 58.3 points per game. Brown is entering his 7th season as head coach of NJCU and was named The NJAC Coach of the Year for 2012-2013.
The Gothic Knights’ roster includes 9 new-comers and key returnees Khalid Muhammad and Walik Albright. Muhammad, a strong, physical shooting guard, was the D3hoops.com Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year, the ECAC Division III Metro Rookie of the Year, NJAC Rookie of the Year and Second-Team All-NJAC choice for 2013. He led the team in scoring (15.0 ppg.) and rebounding (4.9 rpg.) Senior small forward Albright, a 2011 Honorable Mention All-NJAC selection returns after missing all of last season due to injury.
Brown, a 1991 graduate, is one of just three players in Siena program history to have his number retired. The man known as “Showbiz” amongst Siena fans, spoke about bringing his team to the place where he made his mark.
“It’s special,” said Brown on njcugothicknights.com . “Obviously when John D’Argenio, the [Siena] athletic director first came up with the idea, I thought it was a great idea and obviously it’s going to be exciting for the Siena fan base. They’re bringing in a new coach this year [Jimmy Patsos] and a new system. From what I hear, they play similar to the way we play—they like to get up-and-down, like to press, so it should be an exciting game. My last two years we rarely played on campus and our old campus gym is a pretty special place.”
Brown who returned to play in the ARC last summer in the Siena Legends Game, explained that in addition to this being a special occasion personally, it is also a great opportunity for his team.
“We’re pretty excited,” said Brown. “Obviously it’s a big deal for our program to go on the road to play against a Division I mid-major program. Obviously being my alma mater makes it even more special. But we’re excited. The guys are working hard and looking forward to Saturday.”
With head coach Jimmy Patsos out of town to speak at a Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation event, practice was led by lead assistant coach, Greg Manning.
Evan Hymes who recently returned from hand injuries practiced with the white team (starters) and is likely to start on Saturday. With a wrap on his non-shooting hand, Hymes appears to be shooting well.
Freshman guard Maurice White sat out practice with a groin injury. He is likely to be out this weekend but will hopefully be ready to return by the season opener.
Transfer Patrick Cole is still waiting for a decision on a waiver request submitted to the NCAA. If the request is denied, Cole would need to sit out the upcoming season per transfer rules.