Aug. 27, 2008
Veroli, Italy - Basket Veroli began the fourth quarter with a 20-1 run to rally past Siena 87-68 Wednesday night in Veroli. Edwin Ubiles led four Saints in double figures with 23 points and four steals.
Veroli scored the first seven points of the game, but the Saints fought back to lead 23-21 after the first quarter. Siena grabbed a 10-point lead in the second quarter using its pressure defense to force turnovers and easy opportunities.
Ryan Rossiter scored eight of his 11 points in the frame helping the Saints to a 46-40 lead at intermission. It was the fourth straight solid game for the sophomore forward on the foreign tour.
Siena led 64-62 after three quarters of play before hitting the wall in the fourth.
The team began the day with a three and a half hour tour of the Vatican and the bus ride from Rome to Veroli was over two hours.
The Saints scored just one field goal in the fourth quarter, a 3-pointer by Clarence Jackson with 1:52 remaining. Jackson and Kenny Hasbrouck finished with 12 and 11 points respectively despite struggling with their shots all night.
As a team, Siena again was poor from the outside converting just 3-21 (14%) of its 3-point tries.
Veroli shot just 24% from distance, but got the job done inside in the second half behind former Fran McCaffery recruit Kyle Hines who recently signed a contract with the squad.
Hines led Veroli with 19 points and made 7-13 field goal attempts on the night including two dunks in the second half.
Michele Mian and Dawan Robinson each added 18 in the winning effort.
Veroli plays in the second highest professional league in Italy (A-2). Siena's last two games were against teams in the third highest league (B-1).
The Saints are scheduled to play the fifth and final game of their 13-day foreign tour Thursday night in Rome. The travel party returns to the Capital Region late Friday afternoon.