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Saints' Long honored

Siena's young guns are starting to pay dividends during the home stretch of the conference season.

Freshman guard Lavon Long was named MAAC rookie of the week today after tying his career-high with 16 points – all in the second half – in Siena’s 69-60 win at Rider Sunday.

Long was the difference in the game in the second half. He scored Siena’s first four points of the second half and then assisted on the game-tying basket.

His three-point play following a huge offensive rebound gave Siena a 60-56 lead with 3:12 left in the game. He then calmly sank two free throws with 23 seconds left to help ice the game. Despite playing just 20 minutes because of foul troyble, Long just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. He added three assists and a steal, helping the Saints secure a share of fifth place in the MAAC standings after entering the weekend alone in seventh place.

Long also had six points, three rebounds and a steal in Siena’s win over MAAC preseason favorite Manhattan Friday night. His field goal with 10:40 left gave the Saints a 47-46 lead, and he had two key rebounds in the final 1:31 that helped seal the 67-63 win.

The 6-foot-6 Long averaged 11 points, six rebounds, 1.5 assists and just one turnover on the week.

The Saints play at Quinnipiac Thursday and then close out the regular season Sunday against visiting Monmouth. The MAAC tournament begins next week in Springfield.

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