Siena hosts Fairfield Thursday night at Times Union Center in a game that will be regionally televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and simulcast outside New York on ESPN3.
Tonight’s game is the second of five Siena Slam Dunkin’ Days games meaning fans can get a $5 ticket in the Gold Zone by showing their Dunkin’ Donuts app at the Times Union Center box office.
Siena will also be holding a food drive to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Fans are encouraged to bring canned and non-perishable food items to the game and to participate in the Food Bank’s raffle at each entrance on the concourse.
Here’s 10 things to know about the Saints heading into Thursday night’s game:
1) Siena is 6-0 at Times Union Center for the first time since 2009-10. The Saints are averaging 81 points per game, and shooting 49% from the field and 39% from three-point range at home this season. The Saints are just 1-6 in road games.
2) Javion Ogunyemi has reached double figures in 11 straight games and posted double-doubles in three of his last four. Ogunyemi had just one double-double in the first 72 games of his career. Ogunyemi leads the MAAC and is tied for 35th nationally with 2.2 blocks per game.
3) Brett Bisping leads the MAAC with 8.7 rebounds per game. Bisping has reached double figures in all but two games this season and has scored 20 points in each of the last two games.
4) The Saints are coming off their third overtime game of the season, a triple-overtime 92-87 loss at Manhattan Monday night. It was the second triple-overtime game Siena has played in Jimmy Patsos’ three years (92-88 loss to Canisius in February of 2014). Prior to that, Siena hadn’t played three or more overtimes since December of 2004.
5) Siena has out-rebounded 11 of its last 13 opponents, six by double digits. The Saints rank second in the MAAC and 43rd nationally with a +6.4 rebounding margin.
6) The Saints are searching for their 10th win Thursday night. Siena finished the 2014-15 regular-season with 10 victories.
7) Siena has had four players reach double figures in 11 of its 15 games, and five in double figures seven times.
8) Freshman Kenny Wormley is averaging eight points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 39.3 minutes in the three games Siena has played without Marquis Wright. Wormley is averaging 7.5 points and shooting 62% from the field and 80% (4-5) from three-point range at Times Union Center this season.
9) Siena ranks third in the MAAC and 69th nationally in three-point defense (31.3%). The Saints have held six of their 15 opponents under 28% from distance.
10) Siena has a full week off following Thursday night’s game. The Saints return to action Friday, January 15 at Quinnipiac. It’s the most days Siena has had between games in January since the 1995-96 season (eight