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Saints secure another home game, will host BracketBuster

Saints secure another home game, will host BracketBuster

Siena will host Radford on Feb. 24, and the University at Albany will visit Fairfield on Feb. 23, as

Siena will host Radford on Feb. 24, and the University at Albany will visit Fairfield on Feb. 23, as both area college teams earned berths in the final ESPN Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster tourn­ament later this month.

Siena’s game will be played at noon at the Times Union Center. The Saints are 2-0 all-time against Radford. They beat the Highlanders, 67-59, in the 2000-01 season at the Times Union Center, and also took a 74-72 win in the championship game of the Holiday Inn Naismith Challenge on Dec. 30, 1989.

This is the eighth straight season that Siena has participated in the BracketBuster. Siena is 4-3 in the series. Last year, Siena lost at Hofstra, 81-69. The Saints topped Maine, 71-60, in 2011.

In 2010, the Saints lost to eventual national runner-up Butler,

70-53, in one of the series’ top games at Hinkle Fieldhouse. In 2009, the Saints defeated Northern Iowa, 81-75, at Times Union Center on ESPN2 in a game that helped them earn the ninth seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Radford enters tonight’s game against Liberty with a 10-13 record and a 4-5 mark in the Big South. Sophomore Javonte Green leads the Highlanders in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). The Highlanders lead their conference in steals and are ranked 13th nationally at 9.3 per game.

UAlbany will play its game at 7 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.

Fairfield is 6-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 14-10 overall. Senior guard Derek Needham is the Stags’ top player at 14.4 ppg.

UAlbany is appearing in the BracketBuster for the fifth time. The Great Danes are 1-3. They beat Rider, 70-61, last year but lost to Virginia Commonwealth, 70-67, in 2006; fell to Boise State, 83-82, in 2007; and dropped a 64-60 decision to Canisius in 2008.

“We are looking forward to the challenge of playing Fairfield, who I feel is one of the best programs in the MAAC,” said UAlbany head coach Will Brown. “They are well-coached and have an outstanding point guard in Derek Needham. They have a nice mix of veteran and young talent. We will learn as much as we can about Fairfield in a very short period of time.”

UAlbany travels to UMBC for an America East Conference game Wednesday night.

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