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Siena Shows Bright Spots In Exhibition Vs. IUP

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Siena fans got a good look at what’s in store for the upcoming season as the Saints took on Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a solid Division II squad, in an exhibition game at the Alumni Recreation Center Monday night. There was a lot to be encouraged about as the Saints came out on top, 82-73 in front of a crowd of 1,015.

There were many bright spots for Siena, the brightest of which was a game-high, 24-point performance from freshman Nico Clareth. In addition, the 6-5 guard showed he is capable of bringing much more to the floor adding a team-high 7 rebounds and a game-high 5 steals, all in a fiery 27 minutes of play off the bench. He scored 9 straight points in the first half including a pair of put backs followed by a steal and a left-handed jam in transition that said, this guy is going to be a good one.

Brett Bisping wasted no time in reminding fans just how important he is to the Saints, opening the game’s scoring with a quick drive from the foul line to score the first two of his 16 points. He was 2-2 from three-point range and also added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

After receiving news from the NCAA on Friday that he would be eligible to play this season, Javion Ogunyemi went right to work also scoring 16 points, including a pair of three-pointers as well. His first two points came early on as he slammed down an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Marquis Wright. Ogunyemi also did much more adding 5 rebounds, 5 blocks and 2 assists.

Lavon Long was also in double figures with 10 points, including a high-flying dunk off a feed from Wright on a fast break in the first half. He added 4 rebounds, 3 on the offensive glass, one of which led to a follow up basket, drawing the foul which got a spirited fist pump reaction from what had been a seemingly more subdued coach Jimmy Patsos.

Junior Marquis Wright was solid at the point as usual adding 9 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Freshman Kenny Wormley also stood out, adding a spark for the Saints with 5 points and a pair of assists.  He filled in nicely at the point at times to give Wright a spell, as well as helped to really push the ball in tandem with Wright for a Saints squad who were making a conscious effort to run and did so effectively.

Brandon Norfleet led IUP, last season’s DII national runner-up, with 18 points and Daddy Ugbede added 16.

Siena takes on Columbia in a closed scrimmage against Columbia University of Saturday and then opens the regular-season next Friday at defending National Champion Duke.

Notes:

Siena coach Jimmy Patsos confirmed sophomore Willem Bradwijk will red-shirt this season, a decision which came once Ogunyemi was declared eligible to play this season.

Freshman Evan Fisher left the game with a high ankle sprain early in the first half and did not return. While Patsos indicated it may be severe, Fisher was seen walking on it during the post game.

Brett Bisping was bloodied after receiving a cut over his right eye late in the game but after receiving a few stitches seemed ok in the locker room and said he’d be fine.

 

For postgame comments, click here: Postgame Comments Following Exhibition VS. IUP

 

 

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