DATE & TIME: Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Times Union Center (15,229) -- Albany, New York. Television: Time Warner Cable. Home Record: Saint Peter's 3-5, Siena 8-3. Away Record: Saint Peter's 1-11, Siena 2-6. Neutral Record: Saint Peter's 0-2, Siena 0-2. Conference Record: Saint Peter's 3-8, Siena 5-6. Series Record: Saint Peter's leads, 41-36.
GAME NOTES: Desperate to stop another one of their lengthy losing streaks, the Saint Peter's Peacocks hit the road tonight to challenge the Siena Saints in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Times Union Center in Albany.
The Peacocks have won a total of just four games this season, only two of those coming in the last two months, and yet the team is still not in last place in the MAAC due to a 3-8 record. On Sunday afternoon, Saint Peter's was crushed by Iona at home in a 64-40 final, the sixth loss in seven tries for the program.
Meanwhile, the Saints were also in action last weekend and they too felt the sting of a conference loss as they bowed to Rider on the road in an 83-72 final. The defeat snapped a brief two-game win streak by Siena, which is now a game under .500 in conference play at 5-6.
Saint Peter's won the first meeting of the season back on December 1 by a score of 51-44 at home, as Chris Prescott led all scorers with 16 points, while OD Anosike had one of his typical outings with a double-double consisting of 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss for the visitors. With the setback, Siena fell five games behind the Peacocks in the all-time series at 41-36.
In scoring a season-low 40 points, the Peacocks had just one player post double figures as Darius Conley delivered 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor. However, take him out of the equation and the rest of the team combined to shoot only 11-of-34 from the field, not to mention 2-of-13 behind the three-point line as Saint Peter's finished with more turnovers (17) than made field goals. Conley is currently second on the team in scoring with 11.1 ppg, although his rebounding efforts (7.7 rpg) place him atop that particular list, but still it is hard to believe that for someone who handles the ball as much as Conley, he hasn't accidentally issued more than his 13 assists in 19 games. Prescott is responsible for 12.0 ppg for a team putting up a mere 59.5 ppg as one of the lowest-scoring programs in the country.
Anosike put together another huge double-double for the Saints last weekend, registering 22 points and 16 rebounds, but once more his efforts went unrewarded as the team suffered the loss against Rider on the road in New Jersey. Also scoring in double figures for Siena were Evan Hymes and Brandon Walters with 17 and 15 points, respectively, but those efforts didn't make up for Owen Wignot and Kyle Downey who combined to hit just 1-of-12 shots from three-point range and 5-of-22 from the floor overall. Anosike, who has now delivered 17 consecutive double-doubles to match Wake Forest's Tim Duncan for the second-most in Division I basketball over the last 15 years, continues to dominate on the glass like few others in the country with his 12.9 rpg. In addition to Anosike and his 15.5 ppg, Hymes and Downey are also scoring threats with 14.2 and 12.4 ppg, respectively.
The bottom line here is that Saint Peter's doesn't have anyone who can handle Anosike in the paint, and how much the big man dominates for the Saints will be a measure of how big Siena wins tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Siena 68, Saint Peter's 56
02/03 10:34:10 ET
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