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Siena (2-9) at Fordham (2-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 23, 12 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Hill Gym (3,470) -- Bronx, New York. Television: YES Network. Home Record: Siena 0-4, Fordham 0-1. Away Record: Siena 1-4, Fordham 0-6. Neutral Record: Siena 1-1, Fordham 2-2. Conference Record: Siena 0-2, Fordham 0-0. Series Record: Fordham leads, 11-9.

GAME NOTES: The Siena Saints will try to turn things around on Sunday when they head to Rose Hill Gym for a non-conference tilt against the Fordham Rams.

Siena had its losing streak extended to seven games and dropped to 2-9 on the season on Dec. 9 when it suffered a 75-55 setback to Manhattan. The Saints have yet to find any success in their four road games this season and have struggled on the offensive end overall with just 56.9 ppg. Coach Mike Buonaguro's squad is decent on the defensive end with an allowed average of only 63.6 ppg.

The Rams are coming off of a 15-point loss at Connecticut which dropped their record to an identical 2-9. Fordham earned its second win of the season on Dec. 15, with a 63-60 clipping of Princeton, but coach Tom Pecora's team is having a rough season as it is being outscored by an average of 10.8 points per contest. The Rams are not an effective three-point shooting squad with makes on only 30.9 percent of their 188 attempts from deep. They are also allowing their opposition to hit on 44 percent of their shots from the field.

This will be the 21st meeting in the all-time series between these squads. Fordham owns a narrow 11-9 lead after earning a 74-59 decision in last season's meeting in Albany.

The Saints once again struggled on offense last time out by being held to 35.3 percent shooting from the floor and committing 16 turnovers. Siena also went 13-of-25 from the charity stripe while allowing the Jaspers to sink 45.8 percent of their field goal attempts. O.D. Anosike, as usual, recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards while Rakeem Brookings tallied 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor to go along with four steals. Evan Hymes and Rob Poole both made only 2-of-8 field-goal attempts in the loss. Brookins is pacing the team with 13.2 ppg. Anosike is averaging a double- double with 13 points and 13 rebounds per contest. Hymes and Poole are both factors on the offensive end as well.

Fordham hurt itself against UConn as it committed 21 turnovers which the Huskies converted into 35 points. The Huskies made 8-of-16 shots from beyond the arc, while limiting the Rams to 11-of-24 shooting from the floor to build an insurmountable 57-28 halftime lead. Branden Frazier scored 26 points to go with five assists. Chris Gaston was the only other Ram player in double figures with 11 points and six rebounds. Frazier is the team's leader with 16.5 points and 4.6 assists per game. Gaston, who missed the previous six games before the win over the Tigers with a knee injury, is tallying 12.2 points and 7.4 boards a game.

The Rams have not played at home since Nov. 29 when they suffered a seven- point loss to Manhattan. Fordham is steadily improving as Frazier is developing into an All-Atlantic 10 caliber guard. Anosike does not have enough help around him to carry Siena to wins on a regular basis.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fordham 64, Siena 59

12/23 10:32:39 ET

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