LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Basketball will hold its only exhibition prior to the start of its highly anticipated 2016-17 season when the Saints host Division II Daemen College on campus at the Alumni Recreation Center at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online up until 3 p.m. by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, or in-person at the Marcelle Athletic Complex Box Office which opens at 1 p.m.
Tickets for chairback seats behind the team benches are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. General admission seats in the new look bleachers opposite the team benches and behind the basket on the entrance side are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
Chris Watson has the call of the exhibition online in HD exclusively at SienaAllAccess.com. The game can be viewed live for $7.95 by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page.
Viewers can also catch all the action through their smart phones, as the broadcast will be accessible on iOS (Apple) devices as well as those that support Adobe Flash 10.1 or greater (Android devices) in addition to their laptops, desktops and tablets. Features to the Siena All-Access platform include live stats and ticker updates with important game information and twitter updates.
Expectations are high surrounding a Siena Basketball program which returns both 82% of its scoring and rebounding from last year's squad which achieved the program's most victories in six seasons with 21 wins and earned a postseason berth to the College Basketball Invitational. The Saints welcome back their top-five scorers from a team which achieved a 10-win improvement last season which was tied for the 12th best nationally, highlighted by 2015-16 unanimous First Team All-MAAC selection Brett Bisping, MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Javion Ogunyemi, and MAAC Sixth Player of the Year Nico Clareth. The Saints also welcome five newcomers to team, and fans will get their first glimpse at Siena's Class of 2020 which features freshmen Sammy Friday, Thomas Huerter, Jr., Khalil Richard and Ahsante Shivers.
Siena was recently projected to finish second according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, and received a pair of first place votes. Bisping and Ogunyemi were both heralded as Preseason First Team All-MAAC selections, while senior guard Marquis Wright was named to the Third Team. The Saints are ranked 22nd nationally in CollegeInsider.com's Preseason Mid-Major Top-25 Poll, have been labeled as a "sleeper team" in the NCAA's MAAC preview, and tabbed 97th amongst the 351 Division I teams per CBS Sports' rankings while being predicted to be "one of the surprise teams this season." Siena tips off the program's 76th regular season in 11 days on Sunday, Nov. 13 against Cornell at 2 p.m. at the Times Union Center.
Located in Amherst, New York, Daemen posted a 19-10 overall record last season and finished second in the East Coast Conference with a 14-6 league mark while advancing to their tournament title game. The Wildcats graduated the ECC's leading scoring in Torrence Dyck who averaged 21.9 points per game last season, but return a strong nucleus led by 2015-16 Second Team All-ECC selection Arif Mehmetaj who averaged 15.2 points and 6.5 rebounds a year ago.
Since joining the Division II ranks in 2011, Daemen has posted the most victories of any Division II school in New York State with 108 wins, which is also the second most in the east region trailing only Philadelphia University (110). The Wildcats are led by former longtime MAAC coach Mike MacDonald, who headed Canisius from 1997-06.
Season and individual game tickets are on-sale now for all 14 Siena Basketball regular season home games in 2016-17. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Siena Fan Relations Management Center at (518) 487-2202, online at sienasaints.com/tickets, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by stopping by the fan relations office located on the second floor atrium at the Times Union Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.