Senior Night Preview: Siena vs. Manhattan

hymes and poole

Siena takes on Manhattan Saturday night in the final home game of the 2014-2015 season. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm. It is the 91st meeting between the two teams with Manhattan leading the series 50-40.  The Saints have won 10 straight over the Jaspers at the Times Union Center.

When the two teams met earlier this season, five Saints scored in double figures led by Lavon Long who finished with a career-high 20 points but the Jaspers pulled out an 87-79 victory at Draddy Gymnasium.

Prior to Saturday’s game, Siena will honor its two seniors, Rob Poole and Evan Hymes in a Senior Night ceremony. Poole and Hymes together have combined to score the 6th most points of any pair of classmates in Siena history. As juniors, they helped  lead the Saints to a 20-win season and a CBI Championship.

“Evan Hymes and Rob Poole both have 1,000 points,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. ” Their pictures are on the wall of our locker room up there with all the great players in Siena history. They’re gonna look back and say we may have had a rocky couple of years but we won the CBI. There are not many banners up there and that’s one of them. We played Penn State and beat them. We took a trip to San Francisco and beat Fresno State. They’ve had a great career.”

Poole currently ranks 12th on the Siena all-times scoring list with 1,446 points.  He is just 11 points behind Siena great Ryan Rossiter in 11th place.  He is 5th all-time in three-pointers made at Siena with 209 behind Marc Brown (4th, 224).

Besides being a prolific scorer throuhout his career, Poole is just one of 5 active players in Division I with 500 rebounds, 200 three-pointers, 200 assists and 100 steals. His was named to the All-MAAC Third Team following last season and was a Preseason All-MAAC First Team selection this year.

Hymes is currently 23rd on the Siena career scoring list with 1,278 points. He is just 10 points behind Corey Osinski ’00 in 22nd place with 1,288 and 12 points behind Bruce Schroeder ’92 (21st, 1,290). Hymes is tied for 9th all-time with Kevin McGraw in assists at 352.

Hymes ranks 11th all-time in three-pointers at Siena with 175 behind Jeff Robinson (10th, 178). He is one of 8 players in Siena history to score 1,200 points and hand out 300 assists. Hymes needs 22 points to become the fifth Siena player to score 1,300 points and tally 300 assists joining Marc Brown, Doremus Bennerman, Kenny Hasbrouck and Scott Knapp.

“When they look  back they’re gonna say we scored a thousand points, got our degree, we played at Siena and had this magical run one year and had 20 wins,” said Patsos. “I know we want to look at things day by day and that’s what’s great about this program. But, I think they’re gonna look back and have had a great experience, graduated from a great school with a great tradition, they got to put a banner up and they got their picture on the wall. So how can you say you didn’t have anything but a fantastic career.”

Siena enters the game with a record of 10-16 overall and 7-10 in the MAAC. With just three regular games remaining they are currently in a tie with St. Peter’s for 7th place and are two games behind 5th place Canisius.

Manhattan comes to Albany with an overall record of 13-12 and 10-6 in the MAAC putting them in 4th place. They are 5-2 over their last seven games averaging 78.0 ppg while shooting 46.2 percent from the field.

The Jaspers will be looking for their first win at Siena since January of 2006.

Manhattan is led in scoring and rebounding by Emmy Andujar who comes into the game averaging 16.5 points and 7.1 boards per game. Also averaging in double figures are Shane Richards and Ashton Pankey who average 13.6 and 12.9 points respectively.

The Jaspers lead the MAAC and are 33rd in the NCAA  with 7.9 steals per game.

One Comment

  1. Dan

    February 21, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Poole and Evans great young men,represented Siena very well ! There has been so much turmoil
    in their four years at Siena.The won lost record is not so great but there character as human beings
    is terrific! Good luck in future endeavors Rob and Evan.

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