Gameday Central - Siena at Fairfield (2 PM - SNY)

Brett Bisping is averaging a double-double with 14.4 points and 11.5 rebounds the past 11 games
Jan. 15, 2017


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BRIDGEPORT, CT - Fresh off back-to-back wins for the first time this season, Siena Basketball looks to make it three in a row when the Saints travel to face Fairfield at 2 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena. The game will be televised on SNY, and will also be broadcast on ESPN3.

The Last Meeting
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Opening Statement
Sophomore guard Nico Clareth came off the bench to explode for a career-high 33 points to lead Siena Basketball past Fairfield 80-73 in its MAAC opener at the Times Union Center. Clareth fueled an 18-0 run early, and a decisive 15-2 spurt, late to propel Jimmy Patsos to his 200th career head coaching victory.

Bob Heussler and Joe DeSantis have the call of the game on both SNY and ESPN3. The game can be watched throughout the Capital Region on SNY which is available on Time Warner Cable Channel 66. The ESPN3 broadcast is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Gameday Central coverage commences with the Anderson Group Pregame Show at 1:30 p.m. locally on WGDJ 1300 AM and online at SienaAllAccess.com. A.J. Kanell has the call of the game alongside Andy Grazulis. Complimentary online audio is available to listen to by clicking the listen link at the top of the page.

In addition to watching and listening to the game, read the 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 @SienaSaints on twitter. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints and #MAACHoops.

Here's Ten Things to Know About Today's Game
1.) Siena (6-11, 3-3) enters today’s matchup on the strength of back-to-back wins for the first time this season. The Saints posted home wins over Saint Peter’s (Jan. 7) and Quinnipiac Thursday to move to .500 in conference action.
2.) Siena is in search of its first road win of the season today. The Saints are 0-10 on the road this season, and have dropped 11 straight overall dating back to 2015-16.
3.) Siena is allowing 79.8 points, 48.6% shooting, and 38.3% from three-point range in its 10 road games this season. The Saints are 6-1 at home where conversely they allow just 66.6 points on 39.4% shooting and 26.2% from three.
4.) Red-shirt senior forward Brett Bisping was recently named one of 30 Division I candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. Bisping is averaging a double-double with 14.4 points and 11.5 rebounds over the past 11 games.
5.) Senior forward Javion Ogunyemi paces the squad averaging 16.0 points, while shooting 59.1% from the field in conference play. He leads the team with 15 double-digit scoring efforts over the first 17 games.
6.) The 11 teams that the Saints have lost to are a combined 130-74 (.638). Nine of the 11 currently hold .500 or better records, with seven having already eclipsed double digits in wins.
7.) Red-shirt sophomore guard Kadeem Smithen has taken on an expanded role in 2017, and is averaging 5.3 points and 3.0 assists in four games to start the 2017 calendar year. He's dished out 12 assists, while turning it over just twice.
8.) Siena captured the first meeting between the teams this season, 80-73 in Albany Dec. 3. The Saints went on an early 18-0 run, and finished with a decisive 15-2 spurt late to give head coach Jimmy Patsos his 200th career win.
9.) Siena leads the all-time series against Fairfield, 36-30. The Saints have won five of seven against the Stags under Patsos, and Ogunyemi is averaging 16.0 points over the past five meetings.
10.) Fairfield (8-6, 3-2) is in the midst of a span where it plays seven of nine games at home. Tyler Nelson leads the MAAC in scoring averaging 20.0 points per game, while Amadou Sidibe paces the conference in rebounding and ranks 22nd nationally averaging 10.3 caroms per contest.