Nov. 23, 2011
The Siena men's basketball team will try to defeat ACC foe Georgia Tech for the third time in four meetings tonight at 7 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU. The Saints knocked off the Yellow Jackets 62-57 in Albany last year, and 76-68 in Albany in the 1994 NIT.
Fans can watch the ESPN telecast on line, listen to the Siena radio broadcast, follow the live stats and participate in our courtside live blog by following the Gameday Central link at the top of the page.
Siena will be without the services of senior forward Owen Wignot for the third straight game. Wignot suffered a head injury in the season-opening win over Navy, and his return is uncertain. The Saints did get some good news regarding sophomore Trenity Burdine, who was cleared to resume basketball related activities this morning. The Siena sports medicine staff is targeting a post-Christmas return for Burdine.
Siena is looking to rebound from its first loss of the season, a 64-58 setback to St. Bonaventure in Albany, but in many ways that loss provided more optimism than the first two games of the year. Freshman Evan Hymes continued his torrid start with 18 points, 14 coming in the first half. His classmates Rob Poole (who will start again tonight in place of Wignot) and Davonte Beard have also started their Siena careers smartly.
Last year's meeting between the two schools featured the return of Paul Hewitt to the Capital Region, and the Saints used a stifling zone defense to make it an unpleasant homecoming. Hewitt was fired after last season, and the Yellow Jackets are now coached by former Dayton coach and Tom Izzo prodigy Brian Gregory.
Mike Morgan and Drew Barry have the call for ESPNU. Barry was a member of the 1994 Georgia Tech team that lost to the Saints in the NIT.
Following Wednesday night's game, Siena travels to face defending AmericaEast champion Vermont on Saturday.