Marist (8-20) at Siena (7-21)
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DATE & TIME: Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Times Union Center (15,229) -- Albany, New York.
Television: None. Home Record: Marist 5-7, Siena 4-9. Away Record: Marist
2-11, Siena 2-11. Neutral Record: Marist 1-2, Siena 1-1. Conference Record:
Marist 4-12, Siena 4-12. Series Record: Siena leads, 47-23.
GAMES NOTES: Double-double machine O.D. Anosike and the Siena Saints will lock
horns with the Marist Red Foxes in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference bout
at the Times Union Center on Friday night.
Both of these teams have already missed out getting a bye in the first round
in the MAAC Tournament. The Red Foxes are entering this game with wins in
three of their last five contests but they are still just 8-20 overall, while
tied with the Saints for second to last in the league standings (4-12).
Marist, which is just 2-11 on the road, will host Fairfield in its
regular-season finale on Sunday.
Siena took a break from MAAC play on Sunday and defeated Radford, 65-57, in
overtime. The Saints had lost five straight games before that and are
currently just 7-21 overall with the same league record as the Red Foxes. This
contest wraps up the final three-game homestand for Siena which will travel to
face Iona in Sunday's regular-season finale.
These two cellar dwellers matched up at McCann Arena at the end of January.
Siena escaped with a 79-75 victory in the contest for its 11th win in the last
12 matchups. Siena now leads the all-time series, 47-23.
The Red Foxes were also involved in a BracketBusters matchup last time out. In
the contest Marist routed VMI, 112-74. It was an offensive eruption for the
Red Foxes who shot better than 60 percent from the field and knocked down 12
shots from beyond the arc.
Chavaughn Lewis (16.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg) was absolutely dominant in the win over
VMI as he poured in 30 points, ripped down 16 rebounds and handed out six
assists. Lewis is one of the 10 best scorers in the MAAC. The 6-foot-5
swingman has been sensational down the stretch, scoring at least 20 points in
six of the last eight games. Devin Price (14.3 ppg) shoots just 34.9 percent
from the field but has scored well as the second option. Adam Kemp (9.7 ppg,
8.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg) is a solid player in the frontcourt. As a team, Marist is
scoring 65.4 points per game, shooting 42 percent from the field.
Anosike came up huge for Siena at the end of regulation against Radford. The
6-foot-8 forward ripped down an offensive rebound with seven seconds left and
hit two free throws after being fouled to force overtime. In the extra session
the Saints hit 9-of-14 from the free-throw line to secure the victory.
Siena's weakness on the offensive end of the floor has sunk it this season.
The Saints are dead last in the conference in scoring (59.1 ppg), assists (9.8
pg) and field-goal percentage (.395). Each of those marks is among the 20
worst in the country as well. Anosike (12.7 ppg, 11.6 rpg) became the third
active player in the country to grab 1,000 career rebounds and score 1,000
points earlier this season. Anosike is second in the nation in rebounding and
has posted 16 double-doubles this season, though he has had only six in the
last 15 contests after doing so in 10 of the first 11 games. Injuries have
really laid waste to Siena this season with Rakeem Brookins (11.9 ppg) out
with a strained back and Even Hymes (11.0 ppg) suffering from a sprained
This will be the last game at home for Anosike after a stellar career with the
Saints. With the home crowd behind him and the Saints one final time, Siena
should be able to push itself to a rare victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Siena 65, Marist 62
03/01 10:37:04 ET
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