Siena (8-12) at Fairfield (4-16)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 26, 12 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Webster Bank Arena (10,000) -- Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Television: None. Home Record: Siena 6-2, Fairfield 3-5. Away Record: Siena
2-7, Fairfield 1-9. Neutral Record: Siena 0-3, Fairfield 0-2. Conference
Record: Siena 4-5, Fairfield 1-8. Series Record: Siena leads, 31-28.
GAME NOTES: The Fairfield Stags will open up a two-game homestand at Webster
Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon when they face off with the Siena Saints in
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.
Siena had lost three straight games prior to its Wednesday night contest with
Saint Peter's, which it won, 64-47, to improve to 4-5 in the MAAC. The Saints
are 8-12 on the season, with a noticeable success differential between home
(6-2) and road (2-7) games.
Fairfield has been even worse than Siena this season, winning just four of
its 20 games overall, while sitting alone in last place in the MAAC at 1-8.
The Stags' futile campaign continued at Monmouth on Wednesday with a 63-60
The Saints hold a 31-28 advantage in the all-time series with the Stags,
although Fairfield has won three straight, including 74-52 at home on Feb. 14,
The Saints enjoyed their most convincing win of the season in their latest
contest. Even though they shot just 39.3 percent from the field, they held
Saint Peter's to only 37 percent shooting and earned extra possessions by
dominating the rebounding battle (48-29) in the 17-point triumph. Brett
Bisping and Rob Poole led the way with 14 points apiece, with Bisping shooting
6-of-8 from the field and Poole going 5-of-6 from the foul line. Marquis
Wright added 13 points and nine rebounds and Lavon Long tallied 10 points and
Siena typically struggles offensively, as it shoots just 42.6 percent from the
field for 69.3 ppg, which is not strong enough to support its lackluster
defensive effort (72.8 ppg). It's also hindered by a disappointing -3.0
turnover margin. Poole posts 15.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg, both team highs. Long (9.2
ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Bisping (8.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg) are also strong in the paint,
while Evan Hymes (10.7 ppg) does his damage in a reserve role.
The Stags held a lead for a large portion of the second half their last time
out, but they lost the advantage with under three minutes to play on a 4-0
Monmouth run and were never able to recover. They shot just 37.7 percent from
the field on the night and 8-of-12 from the foul line, but a 12-of-33 showing
from 3-point range helped keep the game close. Maurice Barrow shined with 20
points in 23 minutes off the bench, Marcus Gilbert netted 19 points and KJ
Rose tallied seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Fairfield's offense has performed even worse than Siena's this season, as it
makes good on a mere 39.1 percent of its field goal tries for 61.5 ppg, which
all but spoils its dependable play on the defensive end of the court (.413,
68.8 ppg). Gilbert pours in 13.8 ppg on 47-of-124 from beyond the arc (.379)
while also chipping in 5.0 rpg. Barrow is the only other player in double
figures with 12.7 ppg.
Fairfield has shown such little promise this season that it is nearly
impossible to trust, even on its home floor against the inconsistent Saints.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Siena 66, Fairfield 62
01/26 10:33:46 ET
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