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Rich Audu scored a career-high nine points Sunday. He figures to see an increased role this weekend with Rob Poole sidelined with the flu.

Jan. 16, 2013

Siena heads west in search of its third straight win Thursday night at Niagara in a game that will be televised across much of New York on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. The Saints have dropped four straight at the Gallagher Center, but they've won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Last Meeting
February 9, 2012
Lewiston, N.Y.
Purple Pain
Antoine Mason drove past the Siena defense and scored the game-winning basket on a left-handed layup with 14 seconds left, breaking a 54-54 tie in Niagara's critical 58-54 win over the Saints Thursday night in Lewiston.

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- Siena has won two straight games for the first time this season. The Saints limited Canisius and Saint Peter's to 107 points combined in the two victories.
- The modest win streak comes on the heels of an 11-game losing streak, the program's longest since the 1995-95 season
- The Saints have lost 12 of their last 13 MAAC road games dating back to the 2010-11 season. Siena went 1-8 in league road games last season, and is 0-2 so far this year.
- Freshman Rich Audu had a career-high nine points and a career-high four rebounds in Sunday's win. Audu also hit the two biggest shots - back-to-back 3-pointers that pushed Siena's lead to double digits with just over four minutes to play.
- Rakeem Brookins averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 steals in the two wins. Brookins hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the Canisius game, his second game-winner of the season (No. Kentucky).
- Evan Hymes made 8-12 field goals and 4-6 3-pointers to score a game-high 20 points despite missing the first 10 minutes of the second half after getting poked in the eye against Canisius.

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Albany (TWCSC 50 or 1803)
Hudson Valley (413 or 461)
Central New York (813)
Western New York - Rochester (1026) Western New York - Buffalo (713)

- The Saints won both games despite playing without their hottest player - sophomore Rob Poole. Poole was sidelined with a serious case of the flu and will not make the Western New York trip. Poole had averaged 20 points and shot 57% from 3-point range in his previous two games.
- O.D. Anosike entered the week tied for the national lead in rebounding (11.9) and double-doubles (11). Anosike has failed to reach double digit rebounds in each of Siena's last three games after doing so in 12 of the first 14.
- Freshman Ryan Oliver played a career-high 36 minutes in the Canisius win and hit a key late 3-pointer to earn the start against Saint Peter's. Oliver played just over a minute against the Peacocks after injuring his knee. His status for this weekend's games is uncertain, but he's expected to make the trip.
- The Saints have played 10 games decided by six points or fewer, and three of their four victories have been by five points or fewer (two coming in the final seconds, and one in overtime).
- Siena made 27 free throws in their win over Saint Peter's, their most in a game since Jan. 15, 2009 (27 vs. Marist). O.D. Anosike made 12-17 attempts after entering the game shooting just 46% on the season.
- In its four wins, Siena has held its opponents to just 52 ppg and 37%
- Hymes has 28 assists and 21 turnovers over the last eight games. Hymes had 27 assists and 49 turnovers in the first eight games.
- Brookins leads the MAAC with 2.4 steals per game