Siena Saints

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Past Conferences: North Atlantic Conference, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Metro, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference North
City: Loudonville, New York

Arena: MVP Arena
NCAA Tournaments: 6 (1989, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Championships:
National Championships – 0
Conference Titles – 11 (1988, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2020, 2021)

Team History

The Siena Saints began to play in the 1938-39 season and played through the 1942-43 season. The program returned after the conclusion of World War II to play the 1946-47 season. The Saints were a powerhouse in the late 1940s and early 50s, going 114-32 between the 1947-48 and 1951-52 seasons.

The Saints took a notable stand against segregation in college athletics when they and archrival Manhattan College declined an invitation to play in the 1948 National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament, which was founded by Dr. James Naismith in 1937. The tournament prohibited Black athletes from competing.

The Saints played as an independent until joining the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Metro for the 1979-80 season. Siena moved to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference North before 1984-85 and played there for the next four seasons. After one year in the North Atlantic Conference, Siena switched to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the 1989-90 season and has been there ever since.

The Saints have enjoyed some postseason success, advancing to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions, with the Saints’ last tournament victory in 2009. Siena has played in the NIT five times and in 2014 won the College Basketball Invitational, defeating Fresno State in a best-of-three series for the title.

All-Time Records
Points Scored
Marc Brown, 2,284
Doremus Bennerman, 2,109
Edwin Ubiles, 1,939

Rebounds
Ryan Rossiter, 1,151
O. D. Anosike, 1,076
Lee Matthews, 1,037

Assists
Ronald Moore, 823
Marc Brown, 796
Marquis Wright, 614

 

FAQs
Have Any Former Siena Players Made It to the NBA?

The Saints have had two players who went on to make NBA rosters. Kenny Hasbrouck was on the Miami Heat’s 2009-10 roster from March 16, 2010, until the end of the season but did not get into a game. Edwin Ubiles is the only Siena player to play a regular season NBA game when he played in four games for the Washington Wizards in 2012.

Has Siena Ever Been Ranked in the AP Poll?

The Saints have been ranked on 13 occasions, but you have to go back to the 1953-54 season to find the last time they were in the AP poll. The highest Siena was ever ranked was No. 11 in the January 14th, 1952 poll.

What Was Siena’s Biggest NCAA Tournament Victory?

The Saints shocked the basketball world on March 16th, 1989, when they upset No. 3 seed Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Siena finished 25-5 that season, losing to Minnesota in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Jeff Robinson led in many of the Siena team stats that season, finishing first in scoring, 3-point field goal percentage, blocked shots, and free throws made.

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