Gameday Central – Siena vs. Niagara (Saturday at 7 PM)

Freshman Nico Clareth made his first career start Tuesday at Vermont
Jan. 1, 2016

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The Last Meeting
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March 5, 2015
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Saints March On, Drill Niagara in First Round
Senior Evan Hymes scored eight of his 14 points during a key 14-6 run to open the second half and inspired Siena never looked back in a 71-54 blowout of Niagara in the First Round of the MAAC Tournament Thursday at Times Union Center.

Siena rings in the New Year with a 7 p.m. Saturday tilt against MAAC foe Niagara at Times Union Center. The game will be televised across New York on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and outside the state on ESPN3.

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Here’s 10 things to know about the Saints heading into Saturday night’s game:

1) Marquis Wright suffered a stress fracture in his right foot during Siena’s December 26 practice. He underwent successful surgery Wednesday and is expected to miss at least six weeks.
2) Javion Ogunyemi went down late in the Vermont game with a left knee injury. Ogunyemi had a clean MRI Wednesday and is listed as day-to-day with a knee bruise.
3) The Saints finished regular-season non-league play with a 7-4 record, their best since going 9-0 during the 1998-99 season.
4) Kenny Wormley had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and just one turnover in 38 minutes played running Siena’s offense at Vermont with Wright sidelined. The Saints tied a season-low with just 10 turnovers, and had more assists than turnovers for just the third time.
5) Lavon Long had his first double-double of the season and fifth of his career with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Vermont loss. Long, Ogunyemi and Iona’s Jordan Washington are the only MAAC players averaging at least 12 points and five rebounds while shooting better than 50% from the field.
6) Siena is 5-0 at home for the first time since 2009-10 when it went 17-0 to cap off a 38-game home court win streak that was the second longest in the nation at the time. The Saints are shooting 50% from the field and 41% from three-point range at Times Union Center, and out-scoring their opponents 82.2-68.8.
7) Siena has had four players reach double figures in 10 of its 13 games, and five in double figures seven times.
8) Brett Bisping leads the MAAC with 8.9 rebounds per game. Bisping is averaging 14.4 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting 48% from the field and 86% from the foul line at home this season.
9) Siena leads the MAAC and is tied for 52nd nationally in three-point defense (30.9%). The Saints’ last two opponents combined to shoot 48% (13-21) from distance.
10) Siena next four opponents have a combined 16-30 overall record this season. Of the next four, only Fairfield (6-5) has a winning record.