Saints Set to Take on Black Bears of Maine

Following a week lay off, the Saints will resume their season at 2pm Sunday, 11/25, in Orono, Maine against the Maine Black Bears.

Despite solid play on the defensive end, the Saints have struggled on offense and are off to a 2-3 start. The Saints enter the game 316th in the nation in points per game (57.4), 323rd in assists per game (9.4), and 305th in field goal percentage (.382). The Saints are young, and have nine players on this season’s roster that saw no playing time last season. On the court, the team has looked out of sync, an opinion shared by PG Evan Hymes in recent comments he made to the Times Union.

“Some people might not know every option in the offense,” Hymes said. “They know the offense, but they don’t know every single option. So that’s what Coach is trying to get everybody to realize, that’s there more options that just the first option. You have three or four options that you can go to. That’ll just take time coming with a whole new team this year.”

Aside from ball movement and shooting struggles, the Saints have struggled with free throws and turnovers. The team is averaging 14.4 turnovers a game, including a staggering 5.6 from Hymes. At the line the team is shooting 56% and has failed to top 50% in a game three times this season.

Senior captain O.D. Anosike has been a bright spot for the Saints. After leading the nation in rebounding last season, the Saints big man is averaging 15.2 points and 13.2 rebounds a game while earning a double-double in each of the Saints first five games.

Rob Poole has also begun to heat up for the Saints. after beginning the season 3-13 from three point range, Poole has averaged 50% from distance in each of the past three games, shooting 9-18. On the season he is averaging 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game.

Maine enters the game 0-4 and is coming off a 76-49 loss to Seton Hall. Like the Saints, the Bears have struggled as well on offense, averaging 56.3 points and 10 assists per game, while shooting 36.8% from the field. They are led by Alasdair Fraser. The Junior forward from Scotland leads the team with 11.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Justin Edwards is the only other member of the Maine squad averaging double figures, and shares the team lead with Fraser, at 11.5 ppg. As a team the Bears have struggled from beyond the arc, averaging a meager 15.3% from three.

Siena and Maine last played in 2011 in a Bracketbuster matchup at the Times Union Center that the Saints won 71-60.

While no game this early is a must win, this is certainly one the Saints should be able to slot into the win column while offering Siena a great opportunity to kick start the offense and begin to show the talent and potential of the roster.

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