Gameday Central - Siena at Rider (2 PM)

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The Last Meeting
February 23, 2014
Lawrenceville, N.J.
Siena Closes Out Rider on the Road
Siena scored the final nine points, breaking free from a 60-60 tie to claim a critical 69-60 win at Rider Sunday in Lawrenceville. Ryan Oliver delivered the game-winner from the left baseline with 1:29 left and the Saints made 7-8 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Siena takes aim at its first 2-0 MAAC start since the 2009-10 season when it travels south to face Rider in MAAC action Sunday at 2 p.m. The Saints ride the momentum of an inspiring 88-67 win over Quinnipiac Friday night at Times Union Center.

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Here's 10 Things You Need to Know About the Saints Heading Into Sunday's Game:
1) Siena's 21-point win Friday night marked its largest margin of victory since a 76-51 victory over Marist on February 28, 2010 at Times Union Center. That was the last regular-season game Fran McCaffery coached at Siena.
2) The Saints have had eight turnovers or less in each of their last four games. It's the first time they've done that since turning Division I in 1976-77. Siena's 10 turnovers per game this season tie for the 12th fewest in Division I.
3) Siena has placed five players in double figures three times in the last four games. The lone exception was Monday's 69-67 loss at Fordham when Marquis Wright was the only Saint in double figures with a career-high 31 points.
4) Brett Bisping left Friday's game in the second half with a dislocated toe on his right foot. His return to the lineup is uncertain, but he will not play Sunday.
5) Marquis Wright leads the Saints in scoring and has 35 assists and just nine turnovers this season. Wright has had two turnovers or fewer in all six games this season and six assists or more four times.
6) Willem Brandwijk scored 12 points Friday night and knocked down both of his three-point field goal attempts. Brandwijk had scored just 10 points in the first five games of his career and gone 0-2 from distance.
7) Siena had 20 assists in a game for the third time this season Friday night. Four different Saints had four assists or more. Siena and Iona are tied for seventh nationally with 17.8 assists per game.
8) Siena and Duke are the only teams to rank in the top-15 in assists per game AND fewest turnovers per game.
9) Siena's 26.2 fouls per game tie for the second most in Division I. Siena's opponents have attempted 35.5 free throws per game and made 25.0 free throws pre game - both of those averages are the highest in the nation (351 DI schools).
10) After Sunday's game, Siena will play six of its next eight games at Times Union Center, starting with Saturday's Professional Fire Restoration Albany Cup showdown with UAlbany.