Aug. 18, 2008
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Spot starter Ryan Rossiter had 23 points and 15 rebounds to help Siena shake off a sluggish start and win the first game of its foreign tour in commanding fashion Monday night in Castellanza, Italy. Kenny Hasbrouck joined Rossiter with 23 points in the 131-86 win over the Basketball School of Castellanza; Edwin Ubiles and Alex Franklin had 21 points apiece.
The game was played using international rules, meaning four 10 minute quarters and a 24 second shot clock.
The Saints led just 31-28 after a competitive first quarter thanks to Ronald Moore's 3-pointer with four seconds remaining. Siena turned up the defensive pressure in the second quarter, holding the home team to just 14 points to build a 62-42 halftime advantage. The Saints put the game away in the second half scoring 39 points in the decisive third quarter and 69 in the half.
Siena shot 70% (54-77) from the field for the game and 57% (12-21) from 3-point range. Castellanza made 43% (29-67) of its field goal attempts and 38% (14-37) from 3-point range.
The home team was led by reserve Andrea Padova who scored 17 points. Maurizio Giadini had 12.
The Saints received solid contributions across the board. Reserve Clarence Jackson scored 18 points, but shot 2-6 from 3-point range and had five turnovers.
Turnovers were a point of concern for the Saints. The team uncharacteristically committed 21 miscues.
Point guard Ronald Moore
was his usual sure-handed self. Moore had 13 assists and two turnovers.
Siena's starters shot 39-51 from the field and the reserves played the entire fourth quarter.
The Saints played with an eight man roster. Newcomers are not permitted on the trip per NCAA rules and Josh Duell and Eric Harris sat with minor injuries. Head coach Fran McCaffery said he hopes both players will be able to play on the trip.
Siena thrilled the crowd of just over 100 spectators with their typical fast paced style and an array of acrobatic dunks. The Saints travel party in Italy includes 33 members. Several family members of the players and staff are enjoying the 13-day tour which makes its way to Venice Tuesday morning.
This was the first of five games on the trip, and according to the tour guide, the competition will get steeper each game.