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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 1, 5 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: HP Field House (5,000) -- Orlando, Florida. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Purdue 5-0, Siena 1-1. Away Record: Purdue 0-0, Siena 1-3. Neutral Record: Purdue 0-2, Siena 0-2. Conference Record: Purdue 0-0, Siena 0-0. Series Record: Purdue leads, 3-0.
GAME NOTES: After both teams lost each of their first two games of the tournament, the Purdue Boilermakers and the Siena Saints attempt to redeem their weekend on Sunday afternoon in the seventh-place game of the Old Spice Classic at HP Field House.
Since beginning the campaign by winning five straight games at home, Purdue has fallen flat since traveling south to Orlando for this event. After suffering a 97-87 loss to No. 5 Oklahoma State in the opening round on Thanksgiving, the Boilermakers were handled by Washington State on Friday afternoon, 69-54.
The Saints have dropped three straight overall to dip to 2-6 on the season. After getting easily dismissed by Memphis in the opening round of the event, 87-60, Siena fell to Saint Joseph's on Friday night, 78-66.
This marks a rematch of last Sunday's non-bracketed tournament contest in West Lafayette, which Purdue won, 81-73, to take a 3-0 series lead.
The Boilermakers' loss on Friday was especially troublesome considering they led by 10 at the break, but after shooting 45.5 percent from the field in the first half, their efficiency plummeted to 25 percent after halftime en route to the 15-point loss. Terone Johnson led the way with 16 points, although he did so on just 5-of-14 from the field. Bryson Scott came off the bench to net 13, Ronnie Johnson chipped in 10, and while A.J. Hammons was scoreless he was a factor in the paint with 11 rebounds and four blocks. The lackluster shooting effort was a rare occurrence for Purdue, which makes 45.5 percent of its field goal tries for 81.7 points per game this season. Terone Johnson (13.0 ppg), Ronnie Johnson (12.7 ppg) and Scott (12.0 ppg) act as the go-to options, while Ronnie Johnson runs an effective point with 29 assists paired with just 13 turnovers. While no one else scores in double figures, the team has a deep bench with nine players averaging at least 4.3 points per game.
Siena was outmatched by Saint Joseph's from the opening tip on Friday night, as it was outscored 46-26 in the first half and never sniffed the lead from that point forward. It shot a modest 40.4 percent from the floor while the Hawks were red-hot from the field (.521), and it was also done in by committing a game-high 17 turnovers. Lavon Long scored 13 points to lead the way, while Rob Poole and Maurice White netted 12 and 10 points, respectively. Marquis Wright scored just seven points but chipped in with six assists and six steals. As their record would indicate, the Saints have not performed well on either end of the court this season, as they boast a -8.9 scoring margin and shoot at less than 40 percent efficiency. Poole (13.9 ppg) is the only player averaging the double figures, although he does so on just 37 percent shooting. Evan Hymes (9.8 ppg) and Long (9.4 ppg) have been solid role players.
As Purdue displayed in last week's contest, it matches up well with Siena across the board, and the Boilermakers should be able to surge towards a similar result in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Purdue 78, Siena 70
12/01 10:36:51 ET
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