Saints head to Manhattan

NEW YORK – The Siena men’s basketball team is facing a tough stretch the next few games.

First, the defending MAAC champions are on the road Friday night. Then they will play Rider and Iona – the top two teams in the standings this season.

The Saints want to win at least two of three with Manhattan first.

The Jaspers are not the dominant force they were last year, but they do bring a lot of pressure. Ball security has been something the Saints have done well with most of the season averaging 12 turnovers per game. But that number is up to 18 the last five contests.

“You know, you have to take care of the ball,” head coach Jimmy Patsos said. “You can’t let some guys take it from you. But one of the things we do is when we get down a little, guys try to do it on their own, and we’re not really that kind of team. We don’t have those kinds of players.”

“I think we just have to be tough with the ball and really know what we’re doing on offense and execute plays,” sophomore guard Marquis Wright said.

“I mean, against them, you kinda just have to play tough but just do what you do best and rebound the ball and score,” senior guard Rob Poole said.

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