Gameday Central – Siena at Monmouth (4 PM on ESPN3)

Lavon Long
Jan. 17, 2016

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Siena takes on upstart Monmouth Monday afternoon in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3/ESPN Watch. Use the links above to access the ESPN3 stream, and for all other live game coverage.

Here’s 10 things you need to know about the Saints heading into Monday night’s game
1) Siena has equaled its win total from last season with 14 regular-season games remaining. Monmouth (26) and Siena (81) have the top two RPI’s in the MAAC.
2) Javion Ogunyemi had eight blocks in Friday night’s win at Quinnipiac, the most by a Saint since Ryan Rossiter had eight in a 93-69 win over Manhattan on February 12, 2009. Ogunyemi’s eight blocks were just one off the school mark of nine set by Monty Henderson against New Hampshire on January 30, 1989.
3) Brett Bisping shook off back spasms to score a game-high 18 points (including two dunks) in 23 minutes Friday night. Bisping leads the MAAC in rebounding (8.5). He’s reached double figures in eight straight games and averaged 21.5 points while shooting 53% from the field and 40% from three-point range over the last four games.
4) Siena leads the MAAC and ranks 26th nationally with a +7.5 rebounding margin. The Saints have out-rebounded 13 of their 17 opponents this season, seven by double digits, and two by 20 or more (Bucknell and Fairfield).
5) The Saints have had five players reach double figures in eight of their 17 games this season. Four players have reached double figures in the same game 12 times. Siena is one of just eight teams in the nation with five players averaging double digits.
6) Ryan Oliver is averaging 8.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 33.6 minutes in the five games Siena has played without injured star guard Marquis Wright.
7) Siena hasn’t won consecutive MAAC road games since February of 2014. The Saints are averaging 73 points and shooting 43% from the field on the road this season, compared to 82.4 points per game and 50% from the field in their seven home games.
8) Nico Clareth ranks fourth among all freshmen in the MAAC with 10.5 points per game. Clareth leads the Saints with 10 dunks.
9) Lavon Long has had nine or more rebounds in four of the last five games after not reaching nine in the first 12 games this season. Long has hauled down double digit rebounds in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
10) Siena held Quinnipiac to26.2% from the field Friday night, that’s the lowest FG% for a Siena opponent since Dec. 11, 2004 (.226 by Iona).



The Last Meeting
March 1, 2015
West Long Branch, N.J.
Monmouth Rallies Past Siena Late
Deon Jones scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and Monmouth closed the game on a 10-2 run to post a 63-57 win over Siena in the final game of the regular-season Sunday in West Long Branch, N.J.