Siena To Wrap Up Old Spice Classic With Rematch Vs. Purdue

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Siena will wrap up the Old Spice Classic on Sunday as they take on Purdue in the 7th place game. The contest will be broadcast online on ESPN3 and tip off from the HP Field House is scheduled for 5 p.m. The Saints will be looking for revenge after their narrow 81-73 loss to the Boilermakers exactly one week ago in West Lafayette.

Siena enters the game with a record of 2-6 following a 78-66 loss to St. Joseph’s on Friday night. They struggled early and trailed by as many as 24 in the first half of that game but used an 11-0 run to get back in it. Three Saints ended with double figures in scoring led by Lavon Long with 13. Rob Poole finished with 12 points along with 7 rebounds and Maurice White added 10. Marquis Wright had a strong showing with seven points, six steals, and six assists to only three turnovers.

For Siena coach Jimmy Patsos, the experience gained at the Old Spice is invaluable to a young team. A strong finale against Purdue will be the perfect catalyst heading into conference play.

“The Old Spice, one of the top tournaments in the country,” Patsos said. “Look at the champions that have been there before. This just shows you how far we have to go but, but we have a chance to play Purdue and avenge a tough loss”.

Poole is currently the only Siena player averaging in double figures with 13.9 points per game. The Saints will look for improved shooing from the junior captain as he has shot just 6-26 (23%) from the field in the first two Old Spice games. As a team, Siena outscored their opponent in the second half on Friday for the first time this season, 40-32 vs. St. Joe’s.

Sophomore Rich Audu is back in action after missing the first six games due to an ankle injury. Following a brief appearance vs. Memphis, he scored 4 points with 2 rebounds in 16 minutes against St. Joe’s. Freshman center Javion Ogunyemi will remain out with an ankle injury on Sunday.

Purdue enters the rematch with Siena posting a record of 5-2 following Old Spice losses to (5) Oklahoma St. (97-87) on Thursday and Washington St. (69-54) on Friday. The Boilermakers struggled offensively in their last game scoring just 27 points in each half with 15 turnovers and shooting a season low 32.8% from the field. They are currently led in scoring by the Johnson brothers with senior Terone averaging 13.0 and sophomore Ronnie following with 12.7. Freshman Bryson Scott also is in double figures with 12.0 points per game.

In the first Siena-Purdue matchup last Sunday, Terone Johnson paced four Purdue players in double figures with 15 points including his 1,000th career point. His younger brother, Ronnie, added 14 points. A.J. Hammons tallied 12 points and six blocks and Scott led the Boilermakers with 16 points in 17 minutes off the bench.

Evan Hymes finished with a game-high 18 points while also contributing five assists, to only two turnovers for Siena. Brett Bisping scored a career-high 16 points with 8 rebounds and Rob Poole added his second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Marquis Wright also was in double figures with 10 points and 5 assists.

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