Gameday Central: Canisius at Siena (TWCSC 2 PM)

Lavon Long has reached double figures in six of the last eight games

Feb. 15, 2014

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The Last Meeting
December 8, 2013
Buffalo, N.Y.
Canisius Shoots Past Siena 93-78
MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Billy Baron had 21 points and 13 assists and Canisius made 15-26 3-pointers in a 93-78 win over Siena Sunday in Buffalo. The Saints trailed by as many as 28 early in the second half before rallying to within 10 with 4:51 to play.

Siena tries to rebound from a tough last second loss at Marist Friday night when MAAC contender Canisius comes to Times Union Center for a 2 p.m. tip Sunday. Fans can pick up $5 ticket vouchers at Capital Region Dunkin' Donuts, or use the link above to purchase tickets.

The game will be televised across New York on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. Use the guide on the right to find out where to watch it in your area.

Here's 10 things you need to know heading into Sunday's game:
1. Marist scored five points in the last seven seconds to hand Siena a shocking 65-64 loss Friday night in Poughkeepsie. The loss dropped the Saints into a sixth place tie with the Red Foxes. Marist currently would win that tiebreaker by virtue of its victory over Canisius.
2. This is the first of four straight games the Saints play against teams in the top-five of the conference. Siena is 0-5 against the top four teams in the MAAC (Canisius, Manhattan, Iona and Quinnipiac) and 7-3 against the rest of the conference. The Saints gave up 92.2 points per game in those five losses and just 61 points per game in their other 10 league games.
3. Siena is 8-3 at home this season and 3-12 away from the Times Union Center. The Saints have won nine straight over Canisius at Times Union Center and 18 of the last 19 in the series dating back to the 1997-98 season.

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4. Evan Hymes is just 12 points shy of 1,000 for his career. He will become the 39th 1,000-point scorer in Siena history. Hymes has scored 12 points or more 10 times this season, but averaged just 5.4 points over the last seven games.
5. Marquis Wright scored a career-high 20 points Friday night at Marist. Wright has averaged 11.6 points and shot 51% from the field and 73% from the free throw line over the last 10 games. He leads the league in assists (5.3) and assist/turnover ratio (1.9).
6. Lavon Long has reached double figures in six of the last eight games after doing so just four times in the previous 14. Long had his second double-double of the season Friday night (13 points, 11 rebounds). He's shooting 82% from the free throw line over the last 10 games.
7. Rob Poole has averaged just seven points the last three games while shooting 31% from the field and 17% (2-12) from three-point range. Poole has six of the Saints' 10 20-point games this year.
8. Brett Bisping is second in the MAAC in field goal percentage (55.2%). He's reached double figures in four straight games and leads the Saints with 14.3 points per game over the last seven contests while shooting 62% from the field.
9. Siena has shot 79% from the free throw line during the last five minutes, but just 36% from the field and 17% from three-point range in crunch time. Opponents are shooting 49% from the field in the last 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 27% (26-97) from distance over the last seven games.