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Manhattan MBB Hosts Siena on Friday

Steve Masiello. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Steve Masiello. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Manhattan College Men’s Basketball team will continue conference play when they host the Siena College Saints on Friday January 29, at Draddy Gym.

Top Storylines:

#1 – Winners of seven of its last 10, Manhattan (9-10; 6-4 MAAC) concludes a two-game homestand vs. Siena (8-11; 5-5 MAAC) on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

#2 – The Jaspers will be looking to get to the .500 mark for the first time this season.

#3 – This is the first of two match-ups between the teams, which were picked to finish among the top-three in the MAAC Preseason Poll.

# 4 – Manhattan is an impressive 5-1 at home this year.

QUICK HITS

* The Jaspers lead the all-time series by a 49-40 mark count. However, the Saints hold a 31-28 advantage since the Loudonville-based institution joined the MAAC for the 1988-1989 season.

* Since the teams became conference foes, Manhattan holds an all-time record of 16-8 at Draddy Gymnasium and have won the last four match-ups (+16.0 ppg) and 11-of-14 in Riverdale

* Junior Shane Richards averaged 11.0 ppg and senior Emmy Andujar 10.5 ppg vs. the Saints last season.

* With a win, Steve Masiello will be the seventh head coach in school history to notch 70 career wins.

* Manhattan is 5-1 this season at Draddy Gymnasium and has won nine of its last 10 and 14-of-16 in Riverdale.

* The Jaspers are averaging 72.5 points per game in five contests at Draddy this year while shooting 47.2 percent from the floor, including 34.5 percent from long range and 70.4 percent from the line.

* On a national level, Manhattan is tied for sixth in the Division I ranks with 16.8 forced turnovers per game and has pressured the opposition into at least 16 miscues in 13 of its 19 games.

* Junior Ashton Pankey fueled the Jasper win with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds while falling one point and rebound short of his career-high in each category. Pankey capped his second career 20-point performance with five-straight points to give Manhattan the lead for good with less than five minutes to play.

* Senior RaShawn Stores handed out five assists for the second-straight game at Quinnipiac and is 11th in the MAAC with 2.8 apg (11th MAAC). Since entering the starting line-up 11 games ago, Stores is averaging 6.5 ppg, 3.2 apg and 1.3 spg while posting a sterling 2.5 assist/turnover ratio.

* Sophomore Tyler Wilson had a big game against Monmouth finishing with six assists and has now handed out at least four on nine occasions. Wilson continues to rank among the MAAC leaders in assists (3.1 apg-8th), steals (1.2 spg-13th) and assist/turnover ratio (1.4-6th).

KEY MANHATTAN MATCH-UPS
* Stick To The Script- Manhattan converted a season-high 19 assists while making good on a season-best 11 three pointers and won the battle of the boards (33-29) for just the fourth time this season in the win vs. Monmouth.

* Defense – Siena is averaging 70.4 ppg but allowing the opposition to an average of 74.6 ppg on the scoreboard. The Jaspers will need to continue to play their brand of defense to keep the Saints from getting going offensively.

* The Bench – Manhattan got solid production from all five reserves that played against Monmouth and will need the same production from the second unit not only against Siena but the rest of the way.

UP NEXT

Manhattan will travel to Monmouth on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.

For more information on the Manhattan Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.gojaspers.com 

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