Vermont Tops Siena 77-52

Dec. 28, 2004

Box Score

Taylor Coppenrath scored 23 of his game-high 34 points in the first half as Vermont blew open a non-conference game at Siena early and coasted to a 77-52 win in front of 6,423 fans in Albany Tuesday night.

Siena (2-9), which dressed just eight players due to injury, was down to just five after three players had fouled out by the seven minute mark of the second half.

The Catamounts (4-3) used a 9-0 run eight minutes into the game to break a 9-9 tie and take command of the game.

Vermont took a convincing 56-34 lead with 12:18 left following 13-4 run.

The Saints showed some life midway through the second half, using a 12-0 run to close within 56-44 with 7:42 remaining. Jack McClinton led the Saints with 15 points. Tay Fisher had 14 and Tommy Mitchell added 11.

The Catamounts closed the game on a 21-6 run to earn the 25-point win. T.J. Sorrentine made just 3-of-10 three-point attempts, but finished with 13 points for the visitors.

The former North Atlantic Conference rivals met for the first time in 15 years. Siena had dominated the all-time series 21-4 before Tuesday's setback. The win marked Vermont's first road win over Siena in 12 tries.

Siena returns to action Sunday at Monmouth. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.