Aug. 28, 2008
Rome - Clarence Jackson scored 36 points and Ryan Rossiter added 20 points and 13 rebounds as Siena breezed past Stella Azura 88-69 in Rome Thursday night. The Saints finish their foreign tour with a 4-1 record. The team heads home Friday.
The Saints controlled the action throughout, scoring the first nine points of the game and never trailing. They held a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter and an 18 point advantage at halftime.
Siena used a different starting lineup than they had the previous three games. Edwin Ubiles started at the point, with Jackson at the off guard. Cory Magee, Rossiter and Josh Duell started up front.
Ubiles efficiently ran Siena's high powered offense finishing with five assists and two steals. He played sparingly in the second half along with usual starters Ronald Moore, Kenny Hasbrouck and Alex Franklin.
The Saints dominated play inside, especially on the glass. Magee finished with 12 rebounds to go along with Rossiter's 13. Reserve Steven Priestly grabbed 10 boards in an expanded role.
Siena shot just 43% from the field and 26% from 3-point range, but it utilized a zone defense that limited Stella Azura to just 37% from the field. The home team settled for 35 3-point attempts, making just six.
The game marks the end to a 13-day foreign tour that included visits to Como, Venice, San Marino, Florence, Siena and Rome. In addition to the experience gained through the five competitive games, the travel party takes home memories for a lifetime.