LOUDONVILLE — The statistics of several memorable Saints took a severe hit this week, as the Siena men’s basketball program took necessary steps to adjust its records in accordance with part of the punishment related to violations committed during the final seasons of Jimmy Patsos leading the program.
Included among that group of players that saw significant statistical contributions reduced were Brett Bisping, Lavon Long, Javion Ogunyemi and Marquis Wright, while Nico Clareth saw the majority of his career’s games affected.
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions’ report on Siena’s violations was published earlier this month, and found Siena had committed several Level II NCAA violations stemming from the providing of impermissible benefits, including cash, to athletes. Patsos — who resigned in 2018 — received a three-year, show-cause order from the NCAA, while Siena received three years probation and a $5,000 fine, will need to disassociate with a booster who interfered in the NCAA probe through March 8, 2023, and also needed to vacate wins and individual statistics for players achieved during affected games.
The affected seasons include all of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, as well as the final 16 games of the 2015-16 season. In all, that amounts to the final 82 games of Patsos’ tenure guiding the Saints.
The school had 14 days from the March 9 publishing of the NCAA’s report to send back reports detailing adjustments related to its records to reflect the use of players that were — retroactively — ineligible at the time. A Siena athletic department spokesman said the school had filed its necessary reports Monday with the NCAA and MAAC, and the school was continuing to adjust its records within its database and website to reflect the changes.
While individual statistics are affected for Saints, players keep any earned conference, regional or national awards. While Siena’s official records need to reflect adjusted statistics, the program’s records can include asterisks moving forward that denote full on-court achievements for affected players.
An attempt Wednesday to reach Siena athletic director John D’Argenio was unsuccessful, while an athletic department spokesman confirmed statistical adjustments that had been made to the program’s records.
Here is a breakdown of some of the most significant changes made to Siena’s records this week.
SOME WINS KEPT, MOST GONE
Originally, D’Argenio had suspected Siena would need to vacate every win from each of the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, but Siena’s first affected game was one it played Jan. 21, 2016 against Rider. Starting with that game, Siena finished 35-47 in the 82 games affected by the program’s punishment, and needed to forfeit all of those 35 wins.
Siena’s on-court records in those three seasons, in order, were 21-13, 17-17 and 8-24. Now, Siena’s records for those seasons, in order, are 11-13, 0-17 and 0-24.
Patsos’ record when he left the program in 2018 was 77-92. Now, it’s 42-92.
Siena’s all-time official record has been adjusted to 1,109-973.
CLASS OF 2017 STARS HIT HARD
Bisping, Long, Ogunyemi and Wright each lost enough points to drop from the program’s list of 1,000-point career scorers, while Bisping fell out of the program’s top-10 list for rebounding and no longer is the program’s all-time leader for games played.
Ogunyemi lost 729 points, Bisping lost 689, Wright lost 622 and Long lost 545. Wright had left the Siena program as its 10th-leading scorer with 1,546 points, while Bisping was No. 11 with 1,528, Long was No. 18 at 1,379 and Ogunyemi was No. 23 with 1,327. With Bisping and Wright dropping, Rob Poole and his 1,493 points moved from No. 12 to No. 10 on the Saints’ all-time list.
With Bisping no longer the games played leader at 137, Ronald Moore moved back into the top spot at 135. Bisping also lost 531 rebounds from his on-court total of 1,024, which drops him from No. 4 to outside the top 10 in that category. When he left the Siena program, Bisping was the lone Saint to ever score more than 1,500 points and grab more than 1,000 rebounds; now, his adjusted totals stand at 839 points and 493 rebounds.
Wright left Siena ranked No. 3 in assists at 614 and No. 5 in steals at 199, and dropped this week to No. 7 with 411 assists and No. 10 with 152 steals. Ogunyemi fell from ranking No. 2 in all-time blocks at 206 to No. 7 with 117.
Clareth’s stunning performance against Monmouth in the 2017 MAAC semifinals?
That, like much of Clareth’s Siena career, has been removed from official records.
In leading Siena to a memorable 89-85 then-win against Monmouth in the 2017 MAAC semifinals, Clareth scored all 27 of his points in the second half of a game Siena trailed by 17 points with 17 minutes to go. Hobbled with an ankle injury, Clareth made seven 3-pointers in leading the Saints’ second-half comeback against the tournament’s top seed.
Those seven made 3s had stood as a Siena program record in MAAC tournament play.
In all, the punishment resulting from Siena’s NCAA violations erased all but 194 of the 976 on-court points Clareth produced during his time with the Saints, which started in the 2015-16 season and ended in January 2018 when Clareth left the program.
With all games from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons affected, all statistics for players such as Jordan Horn, Prince Oduro, Roman Penn, Khalil Richard and Ahsante Shivers were wiped out for the entirety of their Siena careers.