Manhattan, 6-14 overall and 4-6 in the MAAC, is led by junior forward/center Rhamel Brown, who is contributing 11.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, and junior guard Michael Alvarado, who is posting 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds an outing for the Jaspers.
Siena, 5-16 overall and 3-7 in the MAAC, is led by senior forward O.D. Anosike, who is registering 13.1 points and a nation-best 12.0 per game, and sophomore guard Rob Poole, who is averaging 12.7 points and 5.2 rebounds an outing for the Saints.
Manhattan won the first meeting this season with a 75-55 win over Siena on Dec. 9, 2012 at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale, New York. Brown led the Jaspers with his 21 points and three blocks, RaShawn Stores had 12 points and Emmy Andujar added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Manhattan built a 22-9 lead 10:30 into the first half behind five consecutive layups - four by Brown - and a 3-pointer from Andujar. Anosike's layup cut the deficit to two, 38-36, in the second half but Manhattan outscored Siena, 12-2, over the next five minutes to push its lead to 50-38. Manhattan, which hit six 3s in the second half, held the Saints to two field goals over the final 6 1/2 minutes to pull away. Rakeem Brookins scored 19 for Siena, which held a 36-35 rebounding edge but got only four points off the bench, compared to 34 for Manhattan.