After dropping their first two games of the season the Siena Saints have won three of their last four, most recently beating Quinnipiac 88-67 in the MAAC opener for both Friday night. Unfortunately for head coach Jimmy Patsos the victory was a costly one, as senior forward Brett Bisping went down with a dislocated toe on his right foot.
According to a report from Mark Singelais of the Albany Times-Union, the injury is expected to sideline the starter for at least a month.
“We’re going to need them because Brett Bisping’s hurt and he’s going to be out at least a month,” Patsos said. “I don’t know what it is. I’m not a doctor. But I said, `Hammer (Siena athletic trainer Greg Dashnaw’s nickname), week or a month?’ A month, and there wasn’t hesitation. So we’ll see if our depth plays in.”
Bisping’s averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes of action per game, and he contributed seven points and three rebounds in 16 minutes before leaving the Quinnipiac game with the aforementioned foot injury. Without him in the fold the Saints will look to 6-foot-8 freshman Willem Brandwijk for increased production.
Brandwijk’s started three of Siena’s six games to date, accounting for 3.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in just under nine minutes of action per game. With Bisping sidelined, Brandwijk’s production as a rebounder will be key with Lavon Long (6.3 rpg) and Rob Poole (5.2) being the team’s leading rebounders.