Siena (1-1) vs. Cal State Northridge (3-0)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100) -- San Diego, California.
Television: None. Home Record: Siena 0-1, CSUN 2-0. Away Record: Siena 1-0,
CSUN 1-0. Neutral Record: Siena 0-0, CSUN 0-0. Conference Record: Siena 0-0,
CSUN 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The NUCDF Basketball Challenge at Jenny Craig Pavilion carries on
today, as the Siena Saints clash with the Cal State Northridge Matadors.
Under the direction of head coach Bobby Braswell, the Matadors are off to
their best start since the 2007-08 season when they rattled off four straight
victories. On Thursday the team tackled host San Diego in a 74-71 final to
give them three wins in as many outings.
As for the Saints, they began the season with a narrow loss to Vermont at home
last week, 54-53, and played another close contest versus Navy on the road in
Annapolis on Sunday, but in that instance Siena was able to survive in a 54-49
overtime thriller as the team earned head coach Mitch Buonaguro his 100th
Following the first-ever meeting between these two schools, the Saints are
slated to play Northern Kentucky and San Diego over the next two days, while
the Matadors clash with those same two teams in reverse order.
In the overtime session the Saints held Navy without a made field goal, even
after the Midshipmen tallied the last six points of regulation to earn the
extra period of play. After scoring just a single point in the meeting with
Navy a year earlier, O.D. Anosike responded this time around with the 30th
double-double of his career as he dropped in 17 points and pulled down 12
rebounds in 42 minutes of action. Also scoring in double figures for the
visitors was Rob Poole who tallied 10 points, adding nine rebounds, three
assists and three steals, although he shot just 3-of-12 from the floor. Having
a very rough time of it was Evan Hymes who made just 1-of-11 behind the three-
point line and 2-of-16 from the field overall. Outside of Anosike who averaged
15.0 ppg and 12.5 rpg last season, Hymes was the go-to guy for the Saints with
his 13.4 ppg and 115 assists, although he wasn't a fantastic shooter from the
floor in 2011-12 either as he made just 38.2 percent of his chances.
Getting off to an 11-2 start against host San Diego on Thursday, one would
have thought the Matadors were in for smooth sailing, but there were several
moments in the second half when the hosts nearly caught up to CSUN before the
visitors held on for the three-point decision. Except for Allan Guei, who shot
just 1-of-8 from the field and finished with four points, every starter for
the Matadors posted double-digit scoring, beginning with Stephan Hicks who
missed only one of his 10 field goal tries en route to a game-high 25 points.
Stephen Maxwell accounted for 14 points and both Josh Greene and Tre Hale-
Edmerson 11 points, the latter also clearing a game-high 11 boards which
helped to provide the group with a 40-24 rebounding advantage. With the team
sporting a hefty 83.7 ppg over the first three outings, the Matadors get much
of their scoring from Hicks (18.0 ppg) and Maxwell (16.7 ppg), the former
shooting a fantastic 63.3 percent from the floor and the latter connecting on
55.9 percent from the field.
Even with Anosike handling the action in the paint for the Saints, the team
needs Hymes to really show up today in order to make this a contest.
Unfortunately, with the way CSUN is running the floor Siena still might not
stand a chance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Northridge 76, Siena 65
11/16 10:47:44 ET