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Siena men’s basketball’s series vs. Canisius postponed

Siena College men's basketball head coach Carmen Maciariello during media day at Siena College in Loudonville on Oct. 20.
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Siena College men's basketball head coach Carmen Maciariello during media day at Siena College in Loudonville on Oct. 20.

LOUDONVILLE — That season-opening game will need to wait at least a bit longer for the Siena men’s basketball program.

Siena’s athletic department announced Sunday that the Saints’ back-to-back MAAC games against Canisius, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, have been postponed.

Siena, the preseason MAAC favorite, announced last Tuesday it had paused in-person activities following a positive COVID-19 test result. The Saints are expected to be able to be released this Tuesday from quarantine, but after experiencing a pair of pauses — the Saints’ first pause ended Nov. 27 — Siena won’t play this upcoming weekend, as “Siena, Canisius and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference are reviewing options as to when the games can be rescheduled.”

Currently, Siena’s next scheduled game is Dec. 22 at Drexel. It’s possible the Saints could need to use that date to play a league game, as the MAAC has already had teams cancel scheduled non-conference games in favor of playing league foes.

Siena had to postpone its MAAC games from last Friday and Saturday against Fairfield, and those games were moved to Feb. 26-27. 

Siena is one of two MAAC programs not to play a game yet this season, which was able to start Nov. 25 with non-conference action. Monmouth, also 0-0 on the season, is scheduled to play Tuesday against Hofstra.

Siena finished 20-10 last season, and was on a 10-game winning streak when the in-progress MAAC tournament was canceled with the Saints two wins away from securing a bid to the NCAA tournament. From that team, Siena returns All-MAAC first-team selections in Manny Camper and Jalen Pickett, the latter also being named the MAAC Player of the Year.

Both of the Capital Region’s Division I women’s basketball teams were able to debut last Friday. Along with the Siena men, the UAlbany men have not played yet this season; head coach Will Brown’s Great Danes are scheduled to debut Saturday against UMBC. 

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