Saints Get Defensive in Home Win over Cornell

Nov. 22, 2008

Final Stats

ALBANY, N.Y. - Kenny Hasbrouck scored 22 points and Ryan Rossiter posted his first career double-double as Siena pulled away from Ivy League Champion Cornell in the second half to post a 74-56 win in front of 7,575 fans at Times Union Center Saturday night.

The Saints held Cornell to just 35% shooting for the game and forced 16 turnovers.

The Big Red defeated Siena 83-77 in Ithaca last year and shot 55% from the field. It was the second straight 20-point effort from Hasbrouck who played just nine minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls.

Siena led 30-26 at halftime and committed 10 fouls before intermission.

The Saints used a 9-2 run to start the second half, taking their first double-digit lead of the game, 39-38, with 18:25 left.

Cornell rallied back to within four with a 7-0 run moments later. Siena used a decisive 13-0 run to take an 18-point lead on a Hasbrouck 3-pointer with 8:43 to go. The Big Red climbed to within 12 on a Ryan Wittman 3-pointer with 5:52 left, but that was as close as the visitors would get the rest of the way.

Cornell was led in scoring by Jeff Fotte with 14 points. Geoff Reeves had 13 and Wittman finished with just 11. Wittman entered the game averaging nearly 25 points per game, but was contained by Siena junior Edwin Ubiles.

Ubiles was one of four Saints to finish with double-figures, ending with 12 points and seven rebounds. Rossiter had 10 to go along with his career-high 15 rebounds. Alex Franklin made 6-7 field goals and finished with 15 points.

Siena shot 53% from the field in the second half to finish 48% for the game. The Saints also owned a 45-36 edge in rebounding, marking the second straight time they have out-rebounded their opponent this year in as many games. Last season, Siena out-rebounded the opposition just 10 times in 33 games.



The Saints will take their 2-0 record to the ultra-competitive Old Spice Classic next week. They face Nationally-ranked Tennessee on Thanksgiving Day at noon on ESPN2 to tip-off the event.