ALBANY, N.Y. - Siena Basketball opens the second half of its conference slate with a battle for third place against MAAC rival and defending tournament champion Iona sponsored at the Times Union Center at 7 p.m. Tonight's game is sponsored by CDPHP, and will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Purchase tickets to this evening's game online in advance by clicking the link at the top of the page, through Ticketmaster (service fees apply), or in-person at the Times Union Center Box Office.
Robert Lee and Vin Parise have the call of the game on ESPN3. 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 6:30 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 Gametracker and mobile 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. Upload pictures of yourself and your friends enjoying tonight's game through the Selfiefinder platform by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, or by downloading the Selfiefinder app and searching "Siena." The best selfies from tonight's game will be displayed on the video scoreboard during the first timeout of the second half.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Game
1.) Siena (9-12, 6-4) and Iona (13-8, 6-4) enter tonight's matchup tied with each other for third place in the MAAC Standings. Both squads stand just two games back of current league frontrunner Monmouth at the midway point of the 20-game MAAC slate.
2.) The Saints enter tonight's matchup playing their best basketball of the season, in having won five of their last six games
3.) Siena just concluded its busiest conference stretch of the season which featured five games in just 11 days by posting a 4-1 record. The Saints are now in the midst of the quietest stretch of their MAAC slate where they play just twice in a 12-day span.
4.) Tonight's game features two of the three winningest coaches in MAAC Regular Season history. Siena's Jimmy Patsos has 122 MAAC Regular Season victories between his time with Loyola (2004-13) and the Saints (2013-pres.). Iona's Tim Cluess ranks third in conference history with 95 MAAC Regular Season wins.
5.) Siena returns home tonight where they boast a 7-1 record this season. The Saints are holding their opponents to just 66.8 points on 39.3% shooting and 27% from three at home this season. The Saints have been led by a balanced offense at home where four Saints average between 13.0 and 13.9 points.
6.) Siena is shooting 45.7% (21-46) from three-point range over the past three games. Prior to that, the Saints ranked 342nd of 347 DI teams in three-point field goal percentage (.281) and 338th in threes/game (4.5).
7.) The Saints are shooting 77.7% from the three throw line over the past seven games. Siena had shot just 67.1% from the charity stripe over their first 14 games this season.
8.) Lavon Long needs just three more assists to become only the third player in program history to record 1,200 points, 600 rebounds and 250 assists. The others are Marcus Faison '00 and Antoine Jordan '06.
9.) Siena has played Iona 108 times, more than any other opponent. The Gaels lead the all-time series 60-48, and have captured 12 of the past 14 meetings. Iona has won six straight at the Times Union Center, dating back to the Saints last win on their homecourt in the series on Jan. 23, 2012.
10.) The defending MAAC Tournament Champions, Iona enters tonight's matchup having won three straight. The Gaels offense has been on fire of late, averaging 90.2 points over their past five games. Iona has dropped four of its last five games on the road, and is playing its only road game tonight during a four-game stretch. The Gaels lead the MAAC and rank 12th nationally in free throw percentage (.772), and 19th in threes per game (9.7). Ricky McGill leads the MAAC in both assists (5.5) and steals (1.9).