LOUDONVILLE — A rough season for the Siena College men’s basketball program concluded last Thursday with a first round exit from the MAAC tournament, which wrapped Monday in Albany with Iona winning its third consecutive league championship.
Siena — one the nation’s least-experienced teams this season — finished 8-24, matching a program-worst total for losses in a season.
Here are 10 numbers to know from the Saints’ 2017-18 campaign.
Siena’s five freshmen — Christian Bentley, Manny Camper, Jordan Horn, Prince Oduro and Roman Penn — played 38.7 percent of the team’s minutes. That’s after the team allotted 63.9 percent of its minutes in the 2016-17 season to seniors.
Oduro, a MAAC All-Rookie selection, average 9.1 points and a team-leading 5.1 rebounds — and shot 33.3 percent from the foul line. Oduro took 33 more free throws than any other Siena player, but only made the sixth-most foul shots on the team.
For the third time in program history, Siena recorded 24 losses. The first two 24-loss seasons resulted in the team’s coach being fired. Rob Lanier went 6-24 in 2004-05 and Mitch Buonaguro went 8-24 in 2012-13.
In 32 games, Siena used 19 different starting lineups. Siena used two lineups four times, one lineup three times, five lineups twice and 11 lineups once each. No player started every game, with Fisher making the most starts with 28.
After being named a co-captain last spring, Nico Clareth only played in 15 games before officially departing the program Jan. 10. Clareth, who set Siena’s freshman scoring record in the 2015-16 season, averaged 15.1 points per game before leaving the Saints this season.
In a season in which Siena never developed a consistent rotation, 10 players averaged double-digit minutes played per game. Penn averaged the most minutes at 32.3 per game, while five Saints averaged in the 20s.
No player that finished the season with the program averaged double-digit scoring, with Penn’s 9.7 points per game leading the Saints. The last time Siena did not have a player average at least 10.0 points per game was in the 1959-60 season when Gary Smith led the team at 9.9.
On average, Siena was 7.5 points worse per game than its opponents. That’s the program’s worst mark since the 2012-13 season when the Saints were at 8.4 points worse per game than its opponents.
Per sports-reference.com, only three Siena players finished the season with a positive net rating. Those Saints were Camper, Penn and redshirt junior Kadeem Smithen.
That’s how many times Siena won back-to-back games. While the Saints never won consecutive games, they had five separate losing streaks of at least three games.