Gameday Central - Siena vs. Canisius (3 PM - My4 Albany/ESPN3)

Jan. 6, 2018

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ALBANY, NY - Siena concludes its three-game homestand when the Saints host Canisius in the back-end of a Siena Basketball doubleheader on National Grid "Go Green" Night at 3 p.m. at the Times Union Center. The men's game will be preceded by the women team taking on Niagara at 1 p.m.

The Last Meeting
February 4, 2017
Albany, NY
Saints’ Second Half Surge Falls Short
Senior guard Marquis Wright scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to rally Siena Basketball back from an 18-point deficit as Canisius held on for an 80-73 triumph in front of a season-high crowd of 7,209 at the Times Union Center. Phil Valenti led five in double figures with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Griffins which completed the regular season series sweep of the Saints to draw even with Siena for fourth place in the MAAC Standings.

Fans are encouraged to wear green as part of National Grid's "Go Green" Night, and can purchase tickets to both games of the doubleheader by clicking 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. The same ticket is good for both games.

Fans can enjoy both games of today's Siena Basketball doubleheader for as little as just $5. Today marks the first of four Siena Basketball "Slam Dunkin'" games this season. Fans can secure a voucher at their local participating Capital Region area Dunkin' Donuts which can be redeemed at the Times Union Center Box Office for a $5 ticket to today's doubleheader. Future Siena Basketball $5 "Slam Dunkin" games are set for Jan. 29 vs. Saint Peter's, Feb. 12 vs. Iona, and Feb. 21 vs. Fairfield.

Robert Lee and Kelly O'Donnell have the call of the game locally on My4 Albany as well as on ESPN3. My4 Albany is available in HD to Spectrum subscribers in the Capital Region on Channel 4. The ESPN3 stream is accessible online through by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The broadcast can also be watched online by viewers without access to ESPN3 via by clicking the watch link at the top of the page.

Gameday Central coverage commences with The Anderson Group Pregame Show at 2:30 p.m. locally on Talk1300 AM and 98.7 FM, and online at A.J. Kanell and Andy Grazulis '92 have the call of the game both through the radio broadcast as well as the complimentary online audio stream which can be listened to 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 today's game will be displayed on the video scoreboard during the first timeout of the second half.

Here's Ten Things to Know About Today's Game
1.) Siena concludes its second of two season long three-game homestands to ring in 2018 The Saints will look to salvage the homestand following losses vs. Quinnipiac (Monday) and Niagara (Friday).
2.) Siena is 3-1 in afternoon tip-offs this year, as opposed to just 1-11 in night games. The Saints are averaging 79.5 points on 53% shooting including 53% from three-point range in day games, while being led by freshman guard Roman Penn who has averaged team-highs of 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.8 steals, while shooting 60% from the field and 54% from three-point range in afternoon contests.
3.) Freshman guard Jordan Horn exploded for a career-high 29 points on 10-13 shooting including 5-8 from three Friday vs. Niagara. Horn bested his previous career-high of 24 points (8-12 from three) set at Memphis (Dec. 20), and has combined to score 53 points on 18-25 (72%) shooting including 13-20 (65%) from three vs. the Purple Eagles and Tigers. Horn has totaled just 34 points over his other 14 games this season while shooting 29% from the field including 15% from three.
4.) The Saints rank 73rd nationally (351 teams) shooting 37.9% from three-point range. Siena has shot 40% or better from distance eight times, and made 10 or more threes four times so far this season. The Saints are shooting 40.8% from three-point range while averaging 8.8 makes over the past six games.
5.) The Saints’ bench is averaging 29.9 points per game, while outscoring its opponents' reserves on average by 10.0 points. Conversely, Siena's starters are averaging just 40.4 points per game in being outscored on average by 17.7 points by its opponents’ Starting Five .
6.) The Saints have used 10 different starting lineup combinations over the team’s first 16 games which is tied for fifth most nationally. Only Bryant (11), 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.
7.) Siena ranks second in the MAAC with a +1.1 rebound margin. The Saints are 4-3 when they out-rebound their opponent and winless at 0-9 when they do not.
8.) Junior guard Nico Clareth stands 24 points shy of 1,000 for his career. Clareth missed Friday’s game vs. Niagara while traveling home to address a family issue.
9.) Siena and Canisius meet for the 99th time, with the Saints leading the all-time series 53-45. However, the Golden Griffins have captured eight of the past 10 meetings. Siena is a stellar 34-8 (.810) at home vs. Canisius during the program’s Division I era.
10.) Upstart Canisius is the lone remaining undefeated team in the MAAC (3-0), despite being projected to finish ninth out of 11 teams according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Golden Griffins, which enter play having won five straight overall, have never opened MAAC play 4-0.