NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Siena men’s basketball team has a chance to make a big statement Friday night as they take on conference leading Iona.
But walking out of New Rochelle with a win won’t be easy because few teams in the entire country can score with the Gaels.
Iona ranks fifth in the nation in scoring with about 82 points per game. They scored 86 at the Times Union Center a month ago beating Siena in their first meeting by 14 points.
A pair of Gaels are averaging more than 20 points per game each ranking both in the top ten.
As a team, the Gaels are lights out from deep. They’re ranked fourth in the three-point field goal percentage making 41 percent of their attempts.
That puts opponents in a precarious position. Do you try to keep up or try to slow them down?
“That’s what they’re good at,” senior guard Rob Poole said. “I mean, they’re studs. They’re all stars. I mean, they’re scorers. They know how to score. So if you can score back on them, it actually really helps.”
“I don’t want to get into a track meet with them,” head coach Jimmy Patsos said. “That’s unorganized. Is that fair to say? I thought we showed a lot of patience against Rider. I want to build on that. But it’s a new week and a new game and with the Siena Saints this year, you never really know what to expect, so I’m ready for everything.”
The Saints have been anything but consistent this year and will be looking for back-to-back conference games just the second time this season.