Gameday Central: Siena vs. Radford (4 PM)

Lavon Long has played with great energy in the Saints' first two games
Nov. 20, 2015

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Siena returns to action in the 2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project against Radford tonight in Smithfield, RI. The Saints and Highlanders meet for the third time in four years, having split the previous two meetings.

Here's 10 things to know about the Saints heading into Friday's game:

1) Siena was the first school to play its first two games of the season against the defending national champion (Duke) and runner-up (Wisconsin) since the NCAA Tournament Field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
2) Juniors Marquis Wright and Lavon Long have scored 48% of Siena's points through the first two games (66 of 139) and shot 52% from the field (23-44). The rest of the team is shooting just 34% (26-76).
3) Siena averaged 26 fouls in its first two games, leading to 66 free throw attempts. Duke and Wisconsin combined to shoot 77% from the line. Siena opponents shot 74.9% from the foul line last year, the highest percentage allowed in the nation.
4) Freshman Nico Clareth scored a team-high 21 points in Sunday's loss at Wisconsin, the most for a Siena rookie since Evan Hymes had 21 in a 70-64 win over Manhattan on February 14, 2012.
5) Siena plays its first five games away from home. The November 28 home opener against Loyola (MD) is the latest home opener since 2006 (Hofstra -- November 29).
6) All four of Siena's freshman appeared in each of the first two games. Clareth (20), Fisher (12.5) and Wormley (10) are all averaging double figure minutes.
7) Duke and Wisconsin combined to shoot 51% and each scored 92 points. They shot just 30% (11-37) from three-point range, meaning they made 61% (50-82) of their shots from inside the ARC.
8) The 17,287 fans that watched Siena play Wisconsin Sunday marked the largest crowd to attend a Siena game since 17,950 fans were announced in a December 30, 2006 loss at Maryland -- a span of 287 games.
9) Brett Bisping made just 3-14 field goals the first two games and was held without a basket at Wisconsin. Bisping is shooting 48% from the field for his career.
10) Siena was picked fifth in the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll after tying for 8th in the conference last season. Marquis Wright (Second Team) and Brett Bisping (Third Team) were named Preseason All-MAAC.

The Last Meeting
December 19, 2014
Radford, Va.
Radford Holds Off Shorthanded Saints
Javonte Green had 15 points and 15 rebounds and Radford ended the first half on a game-changing 17-6 run in a 76-66 win over Siena Friday night in Virginia. Rob Poole led four Saints in double figures with 17 points and rounded out his fourth career double-double with 10 rebounds.