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Siena Resumes MAAC Play vs Iona

The Siena men return to MAAC action on Friday night at the Times Union Center to take on Iona at 7p.m. The Saints (2-11, 0-2) are looking to break a nine game losing streak and for their first home win of the season where they are 0-5.

Siena currently has four players averaging in double figures, Rakeem Brookins (13.4). OD Anosike (13.3), Rob Poole (11.6), and Evan Hymes (11.4). Anosike leads the nation in rebounds (12.7pg) and double-doubles (10).

Iona enters the game with a record of 1-1 in the MAAC and 7-6 overall. They will be looking to break a six-game losing streak to Siena at the TUC where they are 1-11 since the 2000-01 season. The Gaels are coming off of a 93-74 win at St Bonaventure and also boast wins over Wake Forest and Georgia.

As a team Iona averages 82.8 ppg ranking 5th in the NCAA. Senior Lamont Jones (22.5 ppg, 4th in nation) and junior Sean Armand (19.3 ppg) together make up the second highest scoring back court combo nationally. 6-8 sophomore David Laury has averaged 18.8 points per game since gaining eligibility for the last four games.

“You’re looking at a team now averaging 83 points”, said Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro. “This is a very similar team to Iona last year. Obviously they lost Glover and a couple other guys that they had but they’ve reloaded. Jones is probably playing as well as anyone in the league. Armand is coming off of 27 points against Bonnie’s. Laury’s averaging 18.8 and then they’ve got some other kids so this is a tall order. We’ve got to play really well to beat Iona.”

Buonaguro described what he feels are the keys to the game.

“I think you’ve got to get them somewhat in the half court. They’re not as comfortable playing slower. If they’re out and running and hitting threes they’re as good as any team in the country so I really believe we’ve got to play this game possession by possession. We’ve got to make sure we don’t allow a major run. Last year we got down 22 and we were very lucky to come back and win. This year with our problems scoring we’ve got to keep this game close, keep it within reach and hopefully have a shot at the end to win.”

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