Nov. 12, 2013
Clancy Rugg led four Vermont players in double-figures with 19 points and Vermont took advantage of 37 Siena fouls in a 77-66 home win Tuesday night in Burlington. Rob Poole tied a career-high with 22 points in defeat for the Saints.
Vermont (1-1) used a 12-0 run two minutes into the game to take a lead it would never relinquish. The Saints closed the half on a 15-6 run, pulling within 32-29 on Brett Bisping's buzzer-beating jumper.
Siena got no closer than three in the second half, and trailed by nine or more for the final 11:36.
Four players from each team fouled out, and five technical fouls were called. At one point in the second half, the teams had to be separated after a battle for a loose ball.
The game took nearly two and half hours, and Vermont shot 25 of its 42 free throws in the final 20 minutes, keeping Siena at arms length. Siena's 37 fouls were the second most in program history, just two fewer than the record of 39 set in an overtime loss at Canisius in 1999.
Rugg brought the home crowd to its feet when he ripped a rebound and scored high off the glass while drawing a fifth foul from Imoh Silas. He later dunked the ball in transition.
Sandron Carissimo scored 16 points, Luke Apfeld had 12 and Kurt Steidl added 10 for Vermont which started five seniors and was picked to win the Americas East. Brian Voelkel had a double-double with 10 assists and 11 rebounds.
Vermont defeated Siena for the fourth straight season. Siena travel to play LaSalle Saturday at 3 p.m.