ALBANY, NY - Siena Basketball continues its three-game homestand when the Saints host Niagara at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center. Gameday Central coverage commences with The Anderson Group Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m. locally on Talk1300 AM and 98.7 FM, and online at SienaAllAccess.com.
Purchase tickets in advance by clicking on the corresponding link at the top of the page, in person at the Times Union Center Box Office (opens at 10 a.m.), or by contacting Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Secure exclusive ticket specials by activating a Siena Saints ReplyBuy account by clicking on the corresponding link at the top of the page, or by texting SIENA to 20123. New ReplyBuy subscribers will receive a $5 credit towards their first purchase, and will also be entered to win a VIP Suite Experience for 16 which includes a $100 food and beverage credit to a mutually agreed upon upcoming home game this season.
Siena Athletics and Hannaford Supermarkets are once again teaming up tonight for the annual "Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger" Night, with all food and monetary donations benefiting the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Fans who bring at least three non-perishable food items to this evening's game will receive a voucher for two FREE tickets to a future Siena Basketball regular season home game during the 2017-18 season. The collection will be held on the Times Union Center concourse outside Sections 104 and 105.
Tonight's game also marks the second of three scheduled DeCrescente Craft Beer Nights featuring Druthers Brewing Company's award-winning fine craft beers as well as samplings from other local breweries. Tickets to attend the Craft Beer Night located in the end zone by the Niagara bench are priced at $20, and include admission to the game. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the game can attend the Craft Beer Night for $15. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Siena Fan Relations Management Center at (518) 487-2202, or at the entrance.
A.J. Kanell and Andy Grazulis '92 have the call of the game both locally on the radio on Talk1300 AM and 98.7 FM, as well as through the online HD video stream at SienaAllAccess.com. Watch tonight's game by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page. Viewers can also catch all the action on their iOS (Apple) devices as well as those that support Adobe Flash 10.1 or greater (Android devices) in addition to their laptops, desktops, and tablets. Complimentary audio of the radio broadcast feed can also be accessed by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page.
In addition to watching and listening to the game, read both teams' game notes and follow the action through the live stats by clicking the corresponding links at the top of the page. Social media updates will be provided courtside by following Siena Men's Basketball's official twitter account @SienaMBB. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints, #MarchOn, #MAACHoops, and #NCAAM. Upload pictures of yourself and your friends enjoying today's game through the Selfiefinder platform by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, or by downloading the Selfiefinder app and searching "Siena." The best selfies from tonight's game will be displayed on the video scoreboard during the first timeout of the second half.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Game
1.) Siena continues its second of two season long three-game homestands to ring in 2018. The Saints fell vs. Quinnipiac Monday, and will host Western New York foe Canisius Sunday to close out a busy home week.
2.) Siena is looking to bounce back from a 71-70 defeat vs. the Bobcats. The Saints fell despite shooting 53% from the field, including 10-16 from three-point range. The game featured 12 ties and 17 lead changes with neither side opening any more than a six-point advantage, and the final five minutes were highlighted by threes ties and six lead changes.
3.) Junior forward Evan Fisher is coming off a career-high 21-point performance Monday. Fisher shot 7-11 from the field, including 4-6 from three. He had entered play having made five threes total over Siena's first 14 games this season.
4.) Junior guard Nico Clareth enters tonight's game just 24 points shy of becoming the 45th member of the Siena Basketball 1,000 Point Club. Clareth leads the Saints in scoring (15.1), although he has totaled just nine points over Siena's past two contests.
5.) The Saints' bench is averaging 29.5 points per game, and is outscoring its opponents' reserves on average by 9.8 points
6.) Conversely, Siena's starters are averaging just 40.4 points per game, and are being outscored by its opponents' Starting Five on average by 17.4 points
7.) The Saints have used 10 different starting lineup combinations over the team's first 15 games which is tied for fourth most nationally. Only Florida Gulf Coast (11), Pittsburgh (11), and UT Martin (11) have used more combinations. Eleven players on Siena's 14-player roster have made starts, and no player has started every game.
8.) Freshman guard Roman Penn ranks eighth in the MAAC in steals (1.4) and 10th in free throw percentage (.796). He also leads the Saints in assists (43), offensive rebounds (24), and steals (21), and ranks second in both scoring (10.4) and threes (17).
9.) Siena and Niagara meet for the 105th time, with the Saints' 56 victories in the series marking the program's most vs. any opponent. Siena has won eight of the past nine meetings, including four straight in Albany.
10.) Niagara was projected to finish fifth according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll after returning seven of its top-eight scorers from last year's team which posted a 10-23 overall record and finished ninth in the MAAC with a 6-14 league mark. The Purple Eagles boast the MAAC's top-two scorers and the nation's second highest scoring duo in Matt Scott (22.4) and Kahlil Dukes (21.2). Niagara ranks seventh nationally in free throw attempts, and ninth in made free throws.