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Through 10 Siena men's basketball games, 10 numbers to know

Through 10 Siena men's basketball games, 10 numbers to know

Schedule about to ease up for Saints
Through 10 Siena men's basketball games, 10 numbers to know
Siena's Ahsante Shivers drives to the basket during a game against Robert Morris.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

LOUDONVILLE — Monday’s loss at Vermont left the Siena College men’s basketball team at 2-8 through its first 10 games of the season.

The Saints have three non-conference games remaining on their schedule, starting with Sunday’s game at Bryant as part of the Gotham Classic. Siena starts MAAC play Dec. 29 at Marist.

Through its first 10 games, here are 10 numbers to know about Siena’s start to its 2017-18 season. (All statistics, rankings from sports-reference.com, taking into account games played through Wednesday.)


The schedule’s been a tough one. Siena’s first 10 opponents have won 66.3 percent of their games this season, but things get a bit easier coming up for the Saints. Siena’s next five games are against Bryant (1-10), Memphis (7-2), Holy Cross (3-6), Marist (2-8) and Quinnipiac (3-7).


Siena’s recorded assists on 44.5 percent of its made field goals this season. That ranks 327th in the country.


It’s been an up-and-down season for Siena junior Nico Clareth, who leads the Saints in scoring at 15.9 points per game — but his 39.7 shooting percentage from 3-point territory is at a career-high level. Clareth shot 32.0 percent from 3 as a freshman and 31.9 from 3 as a sophomore. Clareth is also shooting a career-best 82.1 percent from the foul line — and he’s getting there 3.9 times per game, up from last season’s 2.2 — but the problem is he’s only shooting 36.6 percent from 2-point territory this season. For his career, Clareth has shot 50.3 percent from 2-point territory.


Freshmen have played 39.6 percent of Siena’s available minutes this season. Last season, freshmen played 16.7 percent of Siena’s available minutes. Roman Penn (28.5) and Prince Oduro (25.8) have averaged the most minutes per game of the Saints’ freshmen this season. 


Overall, it’s been a tough non-conference season for teams in the MAAC. The conference’s teams have only won 37.4 percent of their games this season.


Sophomore Sammy Friday has been Siena’s top rebounder when he’s on the floor. Friday has averaged 14.8 rebounds per 40 minutes of action, tops on the Saints ahead of redshirt junior Kadeem Smithen at 10.2 and Oduro at 8.2. For the season, Friday — who had a career-high 15 rebounds last week against Louisville — is averaging 4.4 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game. 


Sophomore Ahsante Shivers was projected to be Siena’s second option on offense this season, despite Shivers only once scoring in double digits as a freshman. Shivers, though, has not disappointed. His average of 11.7 points per game is second on the Saints, and he has scored in double figures six times. After a slow start, too, Shivers has averaged 13.5 points per game in Siena’s last eight games.


Siena has lost by 20 or more points a handful of times already this season. The Saints lost by 20 to St. Bonaventure, 23 to Florida Gulf Coast and Bucknell, 24 to Vermont and 26 to Louisville.


Siena’s other three losses? Two have come in overtime, the other was the Saints’ 74-69 Albany Cup loss to UAlbany. 


That’s how many Siena players have started every game this season. Shivers leads the team with nine starts, while junior Evan Fisher and Oduro have each started eight games. Overall, Siena has had nine players start at least one game.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter. For more college basketball coverage, head to dailygazette.com/blogs/the-outlet.

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