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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 10, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Yanitelli Center (3,200) -- Jersey City, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Siena 3-8, St. Peter's 4-7. Away Record: Siena 2-9, St. Peter's 3-8. Neutral Record: Siena 1-1, St. Peter's 0-1. Conference Record: Siena 4-9, St. Peter's 2-11. Series Record: Saint Peter's leads, 42-37.
GAME NOTES: A pair of slumping teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference get together at the Yanitelli Center on Sunday afternoon, as the Saint Peter's Peacocks entertain the Siena Saints.
While Siena may be recognized as one of the most successful programs ever to take part in the MAAC, the same cannot be said for this particular season with the team sporting a 4-9 mark in league play and just six wins in 24 opportunities overall. The squad was last in action two nights ago when it bowed to Loyola-Maryland on the road, marking the team's second straight setback.
As for the Peacocks, they are sitting in the cellar of the MAAC standings with just two wins in 13 tries. On Thursday night, Saint Peter's was in Connecticut where it was handed a 61-44 defeat by Fairfield, the team's 10th loss in the last 11 games overall.
Siena won the first meeting of the season, 66-53, last month at home which means the all-time series now favors the Peacocks by a count of 42-37.
The Saints were paced by O.D. Anosike who registered yet another double-double with 16 points and a game-high 16 boards before picking up his fifth personal foul on Friday night when the team suffered the 12-point loss at Loyola. Rob Poole dropped in another 12 points before he too fouled out in the team's second straight setback. In addition to shooting just 3-of-13 from 3-point range, Siena was also crippled by 20 turnovers on the night. Despite the disappointing season for the Saints, there's still plenty to cheer about, specifically Anosike who is again one of the top rebounders in the nation with 11.8 rpg as he averages a double-double thanks to 13.0 ppg as well. Anosike is now just six rebounds shy of 1,000 for his career and assuming he'll get them on Sunday, he will be just the third player in program history and the ninth MAAC player to ever reach that plateau.
Saint Peter's scored a grand total of 19 points in the first half against Fairfield a few nights ago at Webster Bank Arena, eventually coming up with a mere 44 points in 40 minutes of action. The Peacocks didn't have a single player in double figures, with Darius Conley coming the closest with nine points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor. Unfortunately, the remaining starters combined to shoot just 8-of-31 from the field, the team hitting on a collective 32.1 percent from the floor. In the last five games, the Peacocks have had a different leading scorer four times, which means the squad is rather inconsistent from one night to the next. Desi Washington, the one player who led the squad twice during that stretch, paces the group overall with 14.0 ppg, even though he is shooting just 37.2 percent from the floor. Raymond checks in with another 10.3 ppg for a team posting just 59.2 ppg through 23 outings.
Assuming that Anosike can keep from getting into foul trouble, the Saints should be able to ride him into the win column on Sunday as he dominates the glass as usual.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Siena 64, Saint Peter's 55
02/10 10:34:55 ET