Published January 08, 2015
The Fairfield Stags will start a four-game road swing that begins Monday night when they take on Siena College at the Times Union Center. The game will tip-off at 7pm ET on FCS Atlantic.
Fairfield (16-7, 9-4 MAAC) are led by freshman guard Derek Needham, who is averaging 15.7 points and senior forward Anthony Johnson, who is registering 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest while also leading the conference with 2.4 blocks per game.
Needham won MAAC Rookie of the Week on Feb. 1 when he averaged 15.5 points and eight assists two weeks ago. Mike Evanovich is a weapon from outside as he currently leads the MAAC in three-point field goal percentage at .471.
Siena (20-4, 13-0 MAAC) has not lost a MAAC game since February 2009. The Saints bring the nation's longest win streak into this game, posting 14 straight victories to date. Siena leads the conference in scoring offense (76.8 points a game), field goal percentage (.465), steals per game (9.2) and assist to turnover ratio (1.2), to name a few.
Siena is led by senior forward Alex Franklin, who is averaging 16.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and Ryan Rossiter, who is the only student-athlete in the MAAC averaging a double-double (13.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg) and leads the conference with 13 double-doubles. Ronald Moore leads the nation in assists per game, dishing out 8.3 an outing and is sixth in the country in assist to turnover ratio (3.06). Moore is one of the final candidates up for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award given to college basketball's top point guard.
Siena won the first meeting this season with an 81-73 win over Fairfield on Jan. 16 at the Arena at Harbor Yard. Siena's 33-game home court win streak--the second longest in the country--will be on the line Monday night against Fairfield.