Gold Rush Central - Manhattan at Siena - ESPNU 7 PM

Feb. 1, 2013

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The Last Meeting
December 9, 2012
Riverdale, N.Y.
Manhattan Surges Past Siena
Rhamel Brown scored a career-high 21 points and Manhattan closed the game on a 37-19 run in a 75-55 MAAC win over Siena Sunday in Riverdale. It was the seventh straight loss for the Saints. They have two weeks off before returning to the Bronx to play Fordham Dec. 23.

The Siena men's basketball team has a golden opportunity this weekend. The Saints host Manhattan tonight at Times Union Center in the annual Gold Rush game. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and Siena can start to move up the MAAC standings with a win.

The Saints are a game behind Manhattan and Fairfield who are tied for sixth in the MAAC standings, and after the Jaspers visit tonight Fairfield comes to Albany Monday night. The top six teams get a bye in the MAAC championships in March.

The Gameday Central Page includes the link to the free ESPN Watch broadcast (only available in select areas and through certain cable providers), the free Siena radio webstream, Gametracker live stats and information on both teams.

Gold Rush Prizes

Here are the prizes you can win simply by wearing gold to tonight's game!

Grand Prize - Ultimate Superbowl Package ($50 Paesans, $50 Beffs, 2 Cases of Miller Lite)
- $100 Angelo's 677 Prime
- $100 D'Raymonds
- 1 All Session Pass to the MAAC tournament
- $50 Dog House

- Siena's won eight straight over Manhattan at Times Union Center. The Saints have knocked the Jaspers out of the MAAC Tournament five of the last six years.
- Siena's coming off its highest scoring game of the season - a 79-75 win over Marist in Poughkeepsie Sunday
- Evan Hymes was named MAAC co-Player of the Week Monday. Hymes averaged 25.5 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 62% (13-21) from the field, 70% (7-10) from 3-point range and 95% (18-19) from the free throw line.
- O.D. Anosike had 20 points and 21 rebounds in the Marist win. It was just the fourth 20-20 performance in Division I this season, and the first in Siena's Division history. It was the third 20+ rebound effort of Anosike's career.
- Trenity Burdine averaged 12 points and 27.5 minutes while shooting 63% (10-16) from the field in the two games last weekend. Burdine has been suspended twice this season, missing nine games.
- Ryan Oliver will be out at least a month after having his knee scoped. Oliver had missed the last four games.
- Siena had more assists than turnovers against Marist for the first time all season. The Saints also shot a season-high 55% from the field.
- The Saints have gone 3-3 in their last six games after losing 11 straight
- Four of Siena's five victories have been by five points or fewer (two coming in the final seconds, and one in overtime). Seven of Siena's 16 losses have been by six points or fewer, and seven have been by 15 points or more.
- Rob Poole is averaging a team-best 14 points and shooting 46% from 3-point range in MAAC games. Poole also leads the team in scoring in homes games (13.0).
- Rakeem Brookins returned to the lineup at Marist. Brookins had missed the last game and a half after reinjuring his back.
- The nine Saints averaging double-figure minutes have combined to miss 26 games this season.
- Siena's shot 73.4% (130-177) from the free throw line over the last eight games. Evan Hymes has made 93% (28-30) over that stretch and O.D. Anosike has shot a much-improved 66% (40-61).
- Imoh Silas has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. He could return to the lineup Friday. Silas averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 75% (9-12) from the field in his last two games (at Niagara and at Canisius).
- O.D. Anosike leads the nation in rebounding (12.0) and is tied for third in double-doubles (13). He's the only front court player in the nation to rank in the top-20 in minutes per game (4th - 37.8).
- Siena is the only team in the MAAC with four players averaging double figures. Those four (Anosike, Poole, Brookins and Hymes) account for 75% of the team's scoring this season.