Over 200 friends and fans turned out as the Siena men's and women's basketball teams held a joint Year-End Celebration Monday night at the Hilton Garden Inn - Troy. The event was presented by First Niagara. YNN Sports Director Marisa Jacques hosted the evening, which included awards presentations, senior tribute and team highlight videos and speeches from Coach Jaques and Coach Patsos. Vice president and director of athletics John D'Argenio began the awards ceremony by presenting retired Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Joyce Eggleston with the Howard J. Tucker. Patsos presented six awards: The Dan Cunha Defensive Player Award went to freshman Marquis Wright. Wright ranks second in the MAAC with 1.7 steals per game and has regularly had to guard established senior point guards, including some of the top players in the MAAC. He was named MAAC Rookie of the Week three times this season, and Monday was selected to the MAAC All-Rookie Team becoming a finalist for the conference Rookie of the Year award. The Billy Harrell Rebounder Award went to sophomore Brett Bisping. Bisping ranks 11th in the conference in rebounding (6.3) and has been one of the most improved players in the league and a huge factor in Siena exceeding expectations. As the season went on, he got better and better, pulling down over eight rebounds per game over the final eight games of the regular-season. Sophomore Ryan Oliver was presented with the Jim Sullivan Most Improved Player Award. Oliver took his game to another level the last six weeks and emerged as a huge factor in Siena's late season run, hitting several clutch shots late in games. Three of his four double-digit performances came in the last eight games and he's played 10 minutes or more in 14 of the last 16 contests. Senior Steven Cruz won the Rev. Benjamin Kuhn, O.F.M, Student Athlete Award. Cruz improved his academic standing each of his four years with the program, highlighted by a 3.07 performance this past semester, raising his cumulative GPA to 2.78 in marketing The Hustle Award was given to freshman standout Lavon Long. Long has reached double figures in over half of the Saints' 31 games this season. He scored all of his game-high 16 points in the second half of Siena's win at Rider - which could go down as the most important win of the season. Monday he was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. The presentation of the men's awards concluded with junior Rob Poole earning the Doc Marcelle Most Valuable Player Award. Poole stepped into a new role in a new system and took his game to a new level, developing into one of the top players in the MAAC. He ranks in the top-20 in the MAAC in scoring, rebounding, free throw percentage, three-pointers made, three-point percentage and minutes played. Yesterday he became the 40th player in 15th junior in Siena basketball history to score his 1,000th point and Monday he was named to the MAAC Third Team. Poole and classmate Evan Hymes were then presented with balls commemorating their 1,000th career points. They're just the second pair of junior teammates in Siena history (Edwin Ubiles and Alex Franklin) to score 1,000 points in the same season.
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