Patsos seeks 150th career win tonight
ALBANY Jimmy Patsos has only coached 12 games at Siena, but is in position to reach a personal coaching milestone at the school.
The Saints will play Fordham at 7 tonight at the Times Union Center in what will be the first chance for Patsos to hit 150 career victories.
He would be the fourth coach to do so at Siena, after Dan Cunha, Mike Deane and Fran McCaffery.
Patsos’ first 145 wins came over the course of nine seasons at Loyola.
Siena (4-8) is coming off a 67-59 win over Hofstra at the TU Center last Monday, and will continue to play at home through the middle of January, with the exception of a game at Monmouth on Thursday.
The Rams are averaging 77.8 points per game, but also have been surrendering 76.9, led by the backcourt of Jon Severe (20.8 ppg) and Branden Frazier (18.9).
Fordham (7-5) lost to Harvard, 94-86, on Saturday.
The Rams trailed Harvard at halftime, 43-32, but exploded for 54 points in the second half while also giving up 51.
Fordham beat Siena last year, 81-75, despite a 7-for-9 shooting day from Saints small forward Rob Poole (21 points), and the Rams won at the TU Center in 2011, 74-59.
Siena has just one player, Poole (14.3 ppg), averaging double digits in scoring, but junior guard Evan Hymes (9.9), who is averaging 21.8 minutes per game off the bench, and freshman Lavon Long (9.8) are knocking on the door.
Freshman point guard Marquis Wright is coming off a one-assist game against Hofstra after having had 22 in the previous two games. He is still leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in assist average, at 5.8.
With the ESPN BracketBusters discontinued, this is Siena’s last non-conference game of the season.
After having failed to outscore an opponent in the second half of a game in the first seven, the Saints have done so in four of their last five.