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Siena To Wrap Up Non-Conference Schedule Vs. Fordham

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Siena wraps up this season’s non-conference schedule Monday night as they take on Fordham at the Times Union Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. It is the 22nd meeting all-time between the two teams with Fordham leading the series 12-9. The Rams have won the last two, beating the Saints 81-75 last season at Rose Hill and 74-59 the year before in Albany.

The Saints are looking for their third straight home victory, a feat which they have not accomplished since the 2011-2012 season. Also, with a win Jimmy Patsos would join Dan Cunha, Mike Deane and Fran McCaffery as the only coaches to reach their 150th win as Siena coach.

Siena (4-8) is also looking to even its record vs. A-10 opponents after losses to LaSalle and St. Joseph’s and a win over St. Bonaventure earlier this season. This game will wrap up a challenging non-conference schedule ranked 75th according to USA Today Sagarin rankings.

The Saints are coming off a 67-59 win over Hofstra a week ago. Rob Poole continues to lead the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game. Evan Hymes is next with 9.9 off the bench and freshman Lavon Long is just behind adding 9.8. As a team, they continue to build offensively under Patsos scoring 69.7 ppg after averaging just 60 points last season.

Freshman point guard Marquis Wright leads the MAAC (top 30 nationally) with 5.8 assists per game despite having just 1 in last Monday’s game. He also leads the MAAC in steals with 1.9.

Fordham enters the game with a record of 7-5 following a 94-86 loss to Harvard on Saturday. They are led by a dynamic backcourt which features 6-3 freshman Jon Severe (20.8 ppg) and 6-1 senior Branden Frazier (18.9 ppg.). Together they combined for 60 (Frazier 31 points and Severe 29) of the Rams’ points in their last game. They make up the highest scoring back court in the A-10. Frazier tallied 20 points and 10 assists in last season’s contest vs. Siena.

The Rams feature a 4-guard starting lineup which also includes 6-2 sophomore Mandell Thomas (13.7 ppg.) and 6-2 junior Bryan Smith (7.3 ppg.). Ryan Rhoomes (8.3 ppg.), a 6-8 sophomore forward is the lone starting big man. The Saints will look to contain a Fordham offense which averages 77.8 points per game.

 

Fordham 2013-2014 results:

11/8  St. Francis University (Pa.)   Bronx, N.Y. W 87-67

11/12  Syracuse University   Syracuse, NY L 74-89

11/15  Lehigh University   Bronx, N.Y. W 80-72

11/23  Sacred Heart University   Bronx, N.Y. L 73-85

11/26  Manhattan College   Bronx, NY W 79-75

12/4  Furman University   Bronx, N.Y. W 79-48

12/7  St. John’s University   New York, N.Y. (MSG) L 58-104

12/10  Colgate University   Hamilton, NY W 77-73

12/14  Howard University   Bronx, N.Y. W 79-

12/21  Monmouth University   West Long Branch, NJ L 78-87

12/23  Loyola University Chicago   Bronx, N.Y. W 83-69

12/28  Harvard University   Bronx, N.Y. L 86-94

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