Siena red-shirt junior Brett Bisping is the MAAC Player of the Week, and freshman guard Nico Clareth is the MAAC Rookie of the Week. Both played big roles in the Saints’ impressive non-league home wins over CAA favorite Hofstra and three-time defending America East champion UAlbany.
Bisping averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 52% from the field and 100% from the foul line. He scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Saints’ convincing 81-68 victory over Hofstra. Bisping made 7-15 field goals and all six of his free throws against the Pride. He finished the week with a monster double-double in Siena’s 78-70 Albany Cup win. Bisping scored 14 points and hauled in a game-high 15 rebounds against the Great Danes. It was the third time he’s had 15 or more rebounds in a game this season. Bisping made 6-10 shots and had two of the Saints’ 13 blocked shots, which were just one off a school record set over 27 years ago. Bisping leads the MAAC with 9.2 rebounds per game. He’s the first Saint to be named MAAC Player of the Week since Evan Hymes was named co-Player of the Week January 28, 2013. O.D. Anosike was the last Saint to win the award on his own on January 30, 2012.
The Saints have nine days off before returning to Times Union Center to face St. Bonaventure for the Franciscan Cup Tuesday, December 22 at 7 p.m.