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Saints To Face Resurgent Golden Griffins

Siena will take on what many consider to be the surprise team of the league, Canisius, Friday night at the Times Union Center. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Saints (2-13, 0-4) will be looking to end an 11 game losing streak, tied for the second longest in program history. They will also be looking to avoid going 0-5 in the MAAC for the first time ever.

Canisius (10-5, 3-1) is off to a start few had anticipated, after being picked to finish 9th in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. They finished last season with an overall record of 5-25, 1-17 in the MAAC. The resurgence is due in large part to the father and son tandem of Head Coach Jim Baron and his son Billy, Canisius’ leading scorer. After being fired at Rhode Island, Jim was hired to lead the Golden Griffins and Billy transferred along with him.

To Siena Head Coach Mitch Buonaguro the improvement of Canisius is no surprise.

“No, because they went out and hired a really good coach”, said Buonaguro. “Very rarely do you get a coach going from the Atlantic 10 to the MAAC. Canisius was very fortunate. Jimmy had been let go at Rhode Island. He did a terrific job there. So just his coaching experience and knowledge, you knew they were going to be better. Now you add his son who arguably from what I’ve heard might be one of the candidates for Player of the Year (MAAC) . Billy Baron really went to Virginia first so you have an ACC caliber player playing in the league now. They have very good players coming back. No it doesn’t surprise me at all.”

Canisius’ is led by back court trio Baron, 17.5 points and 5.5 assists per game, Harold Washington 13.1 ppg and Isaac Sosa 11.8 ppg.They boast non conference wins over St Bonaventure and Temple. Head Coach Jim Baron is going for his 400th career win.

Notes:

Trenity Burdine remains out indefinitely due to an academic issue.

Rob Poole missed Thursday’s practice with the flu.

OD Anosike has moved back into lead as nation’s leading rebounder, 12.5 rpg. after Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins slipped to 12.3, grabbing just 6 vs Hofstra.

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