Gameday Central - Siena at Niagara (TWCSC at 2 PM)

Maurice White
Jan. 18, 2015

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The Last Meeting
January 8, 2015
Albany, N.Y.
Siena Soars Past Niagara at the Start
Siena sprinted to a 19-0 lead and held off a second half challenge in a 79-69 MAAC win over Niagara Thursday night in frigid Albany. Evan Hymes paced the Saints with a season-high 21 points on 9-10 shooting.

Siena tries to shake off a disappointing performance at Canisius Friday night when it travels north to face Niagara Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised across New York State on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.

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Here's 10 Things You Need to Know Heading Into the Game
1) Siena is coming off its worst loss in over three years - an 83-49 setback at Canisius Friday night.
2) Leading scorer Rob Poole (ankle) and leading rebounder Lavon Long (toe) both missed Friday night's game with injuries leaving Siena with just seven scholarship players. Poole, Long, Brett Bisping (toe) and Imoh Silas (knee) all started at least 30 games last season.
3) The Saints have used nine different starting lineups in 16 games this season.
4) Siena's 49 points Friday night marked the fewest scored in 67 games - a 76-44 loss at Canisius on January 19, 2013. The Saints had a season-high 22 turnovers, a season-low six assists, shot a season-low 29% from the field, and a season-low 20% from three-point range.
5) Five Siena players have averaged double figures over the last eight games - Rob Poole (16.1), Lavon Long (14.0), Evan Hymes (12.0), Marquis Wright (12.0), and Javion Ogunyemi (10.0). No other Saint is averaging more than 4.4 points over that stretch.
6) Opponents are shooting 47% from the field and 38% from three-point range against the Saints this season. Those would be the highest percentages allowed since 1989-90 (48.5 FG%, 39.7 3-PT FG%). Opponents shot just 41.4% from the field and 33% from three-point range last season.
7) Marquis Wright is second in the MAAC in assists (5.4) and tops in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.2). Wright led the league in assists all season before getting shutout Friday night and he entered the Canisius game with a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio before coughing up nine turnovers.
8) The Saints have been out-rebounded just twice in the last eight games. Prior to that, Siena was out-rebounded in six straight contests.
9) Siena's walk-ons combined to play 19 minutes in Friday night's blowout loss. Junior Mike Wilson logged nine minutes and scored for just the second time in his career.
10) Siena's made 18 free throws per game, tying for the eighth most in the nation. There have been an average of 55 free throws shot in Siena's games this season, the highest total in Division I.