Nov. 20, 2001
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Vermont scored the final 20 points of the first half en route to a commanding 27-point halftime lead and a 80-63 victory over Siena Tuesday night at the ARC.
The Catamounts (3-0) blew open a close game with a 20-0 run over the final 5:03 before halftime. The Saints shot just 23 percent in the first half and never recovered after trailing 45-18 at the break. Siena shot 30 percent for the game, compared to Vermont's 45 percent.
Siena (0-2) didn't quit, running off 12 straight points in the second half to pull within striking distance but it was too little, too late. The Saints continue to struggle shooting from outside the arc, making just three of 19 three-point attempts. For the season, Siena is five for 33 (.152) from three-point range.
MAAC Player of the Year Gunta Basko (Olaine, Latvia/Riga Secondary #3) was plagued by foul trouble throughout and scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes. Sherron Burgess (E. Syracuse, N.Y./E. Syracuse-Minoa) led the way with 14 points and five boards.
Vermont featured a balanced attack with eight players scoring six points or more. Lani Boardman led the way with 16 points, while Morgan Hall had an outstanding all-around game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
After losing two straight at home to open the season, the Saints hit the road to face Patriot League champion Holy Cross on Saturday. Tipoff in Worcester, Mass. is set for 1:00 p.m.