Saints Look to Clinch Program's First Division I National Postseason Tournament Championship
Jimmy Patsos and the Saints look to make history Wednesday night at the ARC
April 1, 2014
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Saints One Win From Title
Siena rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to stun Fresno State 61-57 in the first game of the CBI Championship series Monday night in Fresno, Calif. The series now moves to the cozy confines of Alumni Recreation Center, where Siena can claim an unlikely championship Wednesday night.
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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena looks to clinch the program's first Division I national postseason tournament championship when the Saints host Fresno State in Game Two of the College Basketball Invitational Championship Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday night on the Siena College campus at the Alumni Recreation Center.
As of Tuesday night, tickets remained to the game. Fans can purchase tickets at the ARC Box Office beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning or buy online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" link at the top of the page.
Scott Graham and Bob Wenzel have the call of the national television broadcast on CBS Sports Network. Check the chart on the right for channel listings.
The "Voice of the Saints" Robert Lee and Tom Huerter are on the radio call locally on the Talk 1300 Siena Basketball Radio network and online free at SienaAllAccess.com.
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Siena rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to capture Game One of the best-of-three championship series Monday night at the Save Mart Center, 61-57. Now, the Saints will have two chances to win the championship at home as both Game 2 and a potential Game 3 (if necessary Saturday at 11:30 a.m.) will be played at the ARC.
Wednesday's game will be the men's basketball program's first non-exhibition game played on campus in 17 years. Siena went 211-64 (.767) in parts of 24 seasons at the facility before making the full-time move to downtown Albany and what is now known as the Times Union Center at the start of the 1997-98 season.
Here's five things to know about Fresno State:
1.) Fresno State has reached the championships of a postseason tournament for the first time since 1983 and second time in school history.
2.) Fresno State is making its first postseason appearance since 2007 (NIT).
3.) Fresno State is the last Mountain West team still in postseason play. They have four players averaging double figures.
4.) Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry coached his 100th game with the Bulldogs on Monday night in the CBI championships opener.
5.) Fresno State is 19-14 all-time in postseason tournament games.
Here's 10 things you need to know about Siena:
1) The Saints can clinch the program's first Division I national postseason championship tonight. Siena previously won the National Catholic Invitational in 1950. This is the first time Siena has advanced to the Championship of a national postseason Tournament since turning Division I in 1976-77. Siena advanced to the semifinals of the NIT in 1994.
2) Siena is an impressive 17-11 all-time in national postseason tournament play. The Saints are making their 12th postseason appearances as a Division I program - six previous trips to the NCAA Tournament (1989, 1999, 2002 and 2008-10) and five NIT appearances (1988, 1991, 1994, 2000 and 2003).
3) Siena has won eight of its last nine games and is 17-10 since starting the season 2-7. The Saints have not lost to a team other than Canisius (twice) since dropping a last second 65-64 decision at Marist Feb. 14.
4) Marquis Wright was named to the 2013-14 Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team Tuesday. One of 25 finalists, Wright is eligible to be named the 2014 Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year when it is announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on Friday in Dallas.
5) Siena plays its first non-exhibition game at the Alumni Recreation Center since a 75-55 loss to Loyola on Feb. 18, 1997. The program's full-time home from 1974-91 and intermittent home from 1991-97, Siena has posted a 211-64 (.767) all-time record at the facility.
6) Monday night's victory at Fresno State marked the program's first-ever postseason road win. The Saints were previously 0-2 in road MAAC Tournament games and 0-2 on the road in the NIT.
7) Brett Bisping and Rob Poole lead the Saints each averaging 14.3 points in the CBI. Bisping is adding 8.3 rebounds and
had his second straight double-double in the semifinal win over Illinois State, posting a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bisping is averaging 14.4 points and 7.7 rebounds over the last 17 games. Bisping averaged just 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds as a freshman last season.
8) Siena has allowed an average of just 53.2 points per game in its four CBI games. Opponents are shooting just 35.3% from the field and 25% from three-point range against the Saints in the CBI. The Saints are 10-0 when holding opponents to 59 points or fewer this season and have done so in all four CBI games.
9) Siena has had the lead in the final 10 minutes of regulation in each of the last 17 games (12-5). 11 of the last 17 games have been one possession games in the final 1:10 of regulation. Two of the team's five 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.
10) This is the longest season in Siena basketball history. Prior to tonight, the Saints had never played a game in April - the latest game ever played (before Monday night) was the 1994 NIT Third Place game on March 30. Siena's Nov. 8 opener with UAlbany marked the earliest game the program had ever played.