#MAAC14 Central: No. 5 Siena vs. No. 4 Canisius (Saturday at 2:30 PM)
Rob Poole scored a career-high 33 points in Siena's triple overtime loss to Canisius in Albany on February 16
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The Last Meeting
February 16, 2014
Canisius Survives Siena in Triple Overtime
Billy Baron played all 55 minutes and scored 40 points - the third most ever in a game at Times Union Center - willing Canisius past Siena 92-88 in a triple-overtime thriller Sunday in Albany. Baron's three-point play with 45 seconds left in the final extra session gave the Griffs the lead for good.
Siena and Canisius meet Saturday in a MAAC Quarterfinal game in Springfield, Mass. that will be nationally televised on ESPN3. The winner advances to play the Iona/Rider winner in Sunday's first Semifinal at 4:30 p.m.
The fourth-seeded Griffs swept the season series, winning 93-78 in Buffalo and 92-88 in triple-overtime in Albany. Siena has won at least one MAAC Tournament game seven straight years and advanced to the semifinals 16 times in its previous 24 Championship appearances.
Fans interested in making the trip to Springfield can use the link at the top of the page to purchase tickets. Siena fans will be seated in and around Sections 22 and 24.
Doug Sherman and Rob Kennedy have the call on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Fans can watch the game on their computer, smart phone, tablet or on TV through the WatchESPN app on devices such as XBox (1 and 360) and Apple TV.
Here's 10 more things to know about the Saints heading into Saturday's game:
1. Siena enters the MAAC Championships on a four-game win streak - its longest win streak in four years. The Saints finished fifth by two full games despite being two games out of fifth with four games to play.
2. Rob Poole was named to the MAAC Third Team and freshmen Lavon Long and Marquis Wright were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. It's the first time Siena has had multiple players on the All-Rookie team since its inception in 2002, and just the third time any school has placed multiple players on the team (Iona in 2003 and Fairfield in 2013).
3. Eight of Siena's final 10 games were one possession games in the final minute. The Saints had the lead in the final minute of regulation in 11 of their last 12 games. Two of the team's four losses over that stretch came in overtime, and a third came when the Saints blew a four-point lead with seven seconds left at Marist.
4. Rob Poole became the 40th Siena player to score 1,000 points in the regular-season finale against Monmouth. Evan Hymes scored his 1,000th point in the Manhattan win (Feb. 21). It's just the second time in program history two juniors have reached 1,000 points in the same season (Alex Franklin and Edwin Ubiles in 2008-09).
5. Brett Bisping averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds this season and is fourth in the MAAC in field goal percentage (51.6%). Bisping averaged 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 37% from the field as a freshman last season.
6. Marquis Wright is averaging 10.9 points and 4.3 rebounds over the last 15 games while shooting 48% from the field. Wright leads the MAAC in assists (5.5) and is second in the conference in steals (1.7).
7. Siena went 0-4 and was out-scored by an average of 90-75 in its first four games against the top-four teams in the MAAC. The Saints went 2-2 with two overtime losses in their last four games against the top-four teams in the conference and were out-scored just 82-80.5.
8. Siena is second in the MAAC in field goal percentage defense, three-point percentage defense and rebounding (margin). The Saints only allowed an average of 34.2 rebounds per MAAC game, tops in the conference.
9. Lavon Long reached double figures in 17 games this season, but never eclipsed 16 points. Long reached double figures in seven of the final nine games and was named MAAC Rookie of the Week February 24.
10. Siena shot 89% (41-46) from the foul line in its final two games, raising its season total to 71.8% - tied for third best in the MAAC. Evan Hymes (83%) ranks sixth in the conference in free throw shooting. Siena is shooting 77% from the stripe in the final five minutes of games.