Purdue (5-2) vs. Siena (2-6)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 1, 5 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: HP Field House (5,000) -- Orlando, Florida.
Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Purdue 5-0, Siena 1-1. Away Record: Purdue
0-0, Siena 1-3. Neutral Record: Purdue 0-2, Siena 0-2. Conference Record:
Purdue 0-0, Siena 0-0. Series Record: Purdue leads, 3-0.
GAME NOTES: After both teams lost each of their first two games of the
tournament, the Purdue Boilermakers and the Siena Saints attempt to redeem
their weekend on Sunday afternoon in the seventh-place game of the Old Spice
Classic at HP Field House.
Since beginning the campaign by winning five straight games at home, Purdue
has fallen flat since traveling south to Orlando for this event. After
suffering a 97-87 loss to No. 5 Oklahoma State in the opening round on
Thanksgiving, the Boilermakers were handled by Washington State on Friday
The Saints have dropped three straight overall to dip to 2-6 on the season.
After getting easily dismissed by Memphis in the opening round of the event,
87-60, Siena fell to Saint Joseph's on Friday night, 78-66.
This marks a rematch of last Sunday's non-bracketed tournament contest in West
Lafayette, which Purdue won, 81-73, to take a 3-0 series lead.
The Boilermakers' loss on Friday was especially troublesome considering they
led by 10 at the break, but after shooting 45.5 percent from the field in the
first half, their efficiency plummeted to 25 percent after halftime en route
to the 15-point loss. Terone Johnson led the way with 16 points, although he
did so on just 5-of-14 from the field. Bryson Scott came off the bench to net
13, Ronnie Johnson chipped in 10, and while A.J. Hammons was scoreless he was
a factor in the paint with 11 rebounds and four blocks. The lackluster
shooting effort was a rare occurrence for Purdue, which makes 45.5 percent of
its field goal tries for 81.7 points per game this season. Terone Johnson
(13.0 ppg), Ronnie Johnson (12.7 ppg) and Scott (12.0 ppg) act as the go-to
options, while Ronnie Johnson runs an effective point with 29 assists paired
with just 13 turnovers. While no one else scores in double figures, the team
has a deep bench with nine players averaging at least 4.3 points per game.
Siena was outmatched by Saint Joseph's from the opening tip on Friday night,
as it was outscored 46-26 in the first half and never sniffed the lead from
that point forward. It shot a modest 40.4 percent from the floor while the
Hawks were red-hot from the field (.521), and it was also done in by
committing a game-high 17 turnovers. Lavon Long scored 13 points to lead the
way, while Rob Poole and Maurice White netted 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Marquis Wright scored just seven points but chipped in with six assists and
six steals. As their record would indicate, the Saints have not performed well
on either end of the court this season, as they boast a -8.9 scoring margin
and shoot at less than 40 percent efficiency. Poole (13.9 ppg) is the only
player averaging the double figures, although he does so on just 37 percent
shooting. Evan Hymes (9.8 ppg) and Long (9.4 ppg) have been solid role
As Purdue displayed in last week's contest, it matches up well with Siena
across the board, and the Boilermakers should be able to surge towards a
similar result in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Purdue 78, Siena 70
12/01 10:36:51 ET
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