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Siena Looking For Win Over LaSalle

The Saints return to the Times Union Ctr., Saturday night to face LaSalle of the A-10 looking to break an eight-game losing streak. The game marks the eighth time the two teams have met with all previous games taking place when LaSalle was a member of the MAAC. They hold the edge in the series over Siena, 4-3. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 PM.

Siena is holding a food drive to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and encourages fans to bring canned goods and nonperishable items to donate.

In a special half time ceremony, Siena will retire Fred Shear’s #50 jersey. Shear ’73 will join Marc Brown ’91, Billy Harrell ’52 and Kenny Hasbrouck ’09 as one of four players to have their jersey retired. In case you missed it here is our interview with Fred discussing his career and the honor of having his number retired. http://4guysinblazers.com/our-interview-with-fred-shear/5788

Siena is coming off an 81-75 loss to Fordham on 12/23. The game marked the highest offensive output for the Saints this season. In that game sophomore Rob Poole scored a career high 21 points. Although they have struggled on the offensive end most of the season, Siena. is the only MAAC team with four players averaging in double figures. Rakeem Brookins leads with 14.0 ppg followed by OD Anosike with 13.3, Poole 12.2 and Evan Hymes 11.8.

O.D. Anosike is the nation’s leading rebounder (12.4/game) and tops in double-doubles (9). He needs just 7 more points to become the 38th 1,000-point scorer in Siena history.

LaSalle enters the game with a record of 8-2, it’s best start since the 1989-1990 season. That team started 9-1 and was led by National Player of the Year Lionel Simmons. The Explorers are coming off a 100-71 win over Sacred Heart and already boast wins over Big East opponent Villanova and Penn State of the Big Ten. They have also beaten Rider and Iona of the MAAC.

The Explorers are led by a high-powered back court made up of the A-10’s leading scorer, senior Ramon Galloway averaging 18.0 ppg. and junior Tyreek Duren, 4th in the A-10 with 16.4ppg. As a team they are averaging 75.3 points per contest.

Tonight’s game will include 3 of the members of the 2010 Philadelphia’s Daily News All-City First Team. Siena’s Rakeem Brookins, a graduate of Roman Catholic along with Explorers Tyreek Duren and Tyrone Garland were on that team along with Tony Chennault (Villanova) and DJ Newbill (Penn State).

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