Feb. 10, 2014
Siena tries to snap a two-game skid Monday night when Fairfield comes to Times Union Center for a 7 p.m. MAAC tilt. The Saints can even up their MAAC record with a victory and pull within a game of fifth place Rider.
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Here's 10 things you need to know about the Saints heading into tonight's game:
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1. The 53 points Siena scored Friday at Saint Peter's marked its fewest in a game all season. The Saints were coming off a season-high 95 points in their overtime loss to Quinnipiac (2/1).
2. Brett Bisping is averaging 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 59% from the field and 40% from three-point range in conference games. Bisping is averaging 14.4 points and shooting 64% from the field the last five games. He's averaging 12.2 points and shooting 58% from the field in Siena's 10 wins.
3. The Saints have been out-rebounded in four straight games after being out-rebounded just once in 16 straight contests. That current streak started with Siena's comeback win at Fairfield (1/26).
4. Marquis Wright is averaging 11.3 points, 5.1 assists and five rebounds over the last eight games while shooting 49% from the field and 71% from the foul line. Wright has been named MAAC Rookie of the Week three times this season. He leads the MAAC with 5.5 assists per game and is tied for the conference lead with 1.8 steals per game.
5. Siena is allowing 80.9 points per game in its 14 losses this season and 60.9 points per game in its 10 wins. The Saints are 6-0 when holding opponents to 62 points or fewer and 0-7 when allowing 80 or more.
6. Siena is seventh in the nation in most fouls per game (23.5). 27% of Siena's points allowed this season have come from the foul line. The Saints had a school-record 40 fouls in their loss to Quinnipiac (2/1). Fairfield is tied for 16th nationally in fouls per game (22.8). Manhattan leads the country (25.7) and Niagara ranks third (24.5).
7. Siena's next two games are against teams in the bottom five of the MAAC standings. The Saints then play four straight games against teams currently in the top-five of the conference standings. Siena is 0-5 against the top four teams in the MAAC (Canisius, Manhattan, Iona and Quinnipiac) and 6-2 against the rest of the conference. The Saints gave up 92.2 points per game in those five losses and just 58.8 points per game in their other eight league games.
8. Lavon Long is averaging 10.8 points the last five games, and shooting 75% from the free throw line over the last 17 games. Long has reached double figures in half of the Saints 24 games.
9. Siena is shooting 79% (113-143) from the free throw line in the final five minutes of games. Rob Poole (28-30) and Evan Hymes (25-28) have combined to shoot 91% from the stripe in the final five minutes.
10. Siena's 4.1 three-pointers made per game tie for the eighth fewest in the country. The Saints have shot just 25% (17-68) from distance over the last five games.