Saints take on Marist

The Saints (9-10, 4-5) will look to climb back to .500 tomorrow night when they face off against MAAC rival Marist (7-12, 2-6).

The Saint are coming off a thrilling 65-62 win over much hyped MAAC leader Iona. OD Anosike extended his nation leading double-double streak to 15 games with another dominate performance, this time against Mike Glover, Preseason MAAC Player of the Year. Anosike’s streak, combined with his nation leading 12.7 rebounds per game, has garnered him national attention, but he has some company on that front from teammate Kyle Downey. Downey kicked his game to another level in the second half against Iona, shooting 6-8 from the field, including the go ahead bucket with 47 seconds to play. His efforts earned him Player of the Night honors from ESPN’s College Basketball Nation Blog.

Rob Poole’s inspired play has also turned the heads of the coaching staff.  Poole is coming off a career high 14 point performance, including hitting two critical free throws to push Siena’s lead to three with seconds left against Iona, and  has 20 assists in the past four games against only five turnovers. Marist’s smaller lineup points to Poole seeing extended minutes.

For Marist this is their first game since an off campus house fire claimed the lives of two students and one alumnus. Their game last Sunday against Fairfield was postponed until the end of February with the exact date contingent on ESPN Bracketbuster games.

The Saints have won the last nine games played against Marist. Marist freshman guard Chavaughn Lewis will look to try to change that outcome. Lewis is second on the Red Foxes in scoring, averaging 12.7 points a game. Saints fans might remember Lewis from last year’s recruiting front. Siena heavily recruiting the guard, but ultimately lost out on his services to Marist. Lewis is joined in double digit scoring by team scoring leader Devin Price, 13.5 ppg, and also Dorvell Carter, 11.7 ppg. Sophmore forward Adam Kemp leads the Red Foxes in rebounding, averaging 7.5 a game.

This is a winnable game for the Saints, who need to remain focused and not drop their guard following the Iona win. Tip off is scheduled for 7pm, though that will likely be delayed as the women will be tipping off at 5pm as part of a double-header. As always, Let’s Go Saints!

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