Maryland Set To Take On Siena

With a matchup against top-seeded Maryland awaiting the winner, Siena and Alcorn State squared off in the NCAA play-in game Tuesday night at the University of Dayton Arena.

Siena (17-18) came out of nowhere to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the second time in three years and is the only team in the NCAA Tournament with a losing record.

Their story in the NCAA Tournament continued last night after a four-point, 81-77, victory over Alcorn State (20-10), who had earned their seventh SWAC title with a 70-67 victory over defending champion Alabama State on Saturday.

Siena will now head to the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. to take on Maryland in an East Region first-round game on Friday.

Siena, only the 16th team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament with a losing record, is making its third appearance. In 1989, the Saints upset Stanford as a No. 14 seed, for their biggest win in school history.

Rob Lanier, a cousin of former NBA great Bob Lanier, is in his first season as Siena's coach.

Siena was led by Prosper Karangwa last night, who scored a career high 31 points in 75 percent shooting and also added 9 rebounds to lead the Saints in both categories. Karangwa also added 6 assists, nearly half of his teams total.

The winner of the Maryland-Siena game will take on either Wisconsin or St. Johns on Sunday, at the MCI Center.

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