Niagara will look to build on a two-game winning streak when it hosts Siena on Sunday afternoon. Siena is 7-8 on the season and is coming off a Friday night road loss at Canisius. Niagara is 5-11, but picked up its second win in a row with a victory against Rider on Friday.
Saints led by dynamic sophomoreSiena has now lost three of its last four games after falling to Canisius on Friday night. The Saints have also dropped road games to Rider and Manhattan in the last two weeks. Their lone win in that stretch was a 61-58 triumph against St. Peter’s at home. On the season, Siena is 7-0 at home and 0-8 on the road. However, the Saints have won 10 of their last 12 games against Niagara. They trailed by 10 points at halftime against Canisius on Friday night and could not recover in the second half.
The Saints are led by sophomore guard Jalen Pickett, who is scoring 15.9 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 4.2 assists per game. Pickett leads the team in made 3-pointers, knocking down 30 of 81 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Elijah Burns is scoring 14.3 points per game and is grabbing 6.1 rebounds per contest. He has been the most efficient outside shooter for Siena, making 7 of 13 from deep. Sophomore guard Donald Carey is adding 13.2 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. Junior wing Manny Camper is averaging a double-double, scoring 12.7 points per game to go along with a team-high 11.3 rebounds per outing.
Niagara looking for consistencyNiagara got off to a bad start this season, losing each of its first five games. The Purple Eagles responded with a pair of wins against Norfolk State and Colgate. Then they fell back into a losing skid, dropping six of their next seven contests. Niagara seems to be back on an upswing now, though, winning each of its last two games. The Purple Eagles picked up a 70-69 win against Iona last Sunday and followed it up with a 70-68 victory against Rider on Friday night. They trailed by four points at halftime but were clutch down the stretch.
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The Purple Eagles are led by sophomore guard Marcus Hammond, who is scoring 13.2 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 3.3 assists per game. He has been the best outside shooter on the team, making 33 of 82 attempts for a 40.2 percent clip. Senior guard James Towns has only started four games this season, but he is scoring 12.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Raheem Solomon is scoring 11.5 points per game and is grabbing 3.5 rebounds per contest. He is also an excellent 3-point shooter, connecting on 27 of 67 for a 40.3 percent rate. Greg Kuakumensah is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 4.4 boards per outing.
- 0-7 ATS in its last seven games
- 0-6 ATS in its last six road games
- 4-2 ATS in its last six games
- 5-2 ATS in its last seven January games