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Saints Hit The Road To Vermont

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The Saints travel to Burlington to take on the University of Vermont Tuesday night. Tip-off at Patrick Gymnasium is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game begins a stretch in which Siena will play 9 of 10 games away from home.

The Saints are looking to rebound from a 74-62 season-opening loss to UAlbany on Friday night. In that game Siena was led by freshman Maurice White who came off the bench to score 17 points. He was the first Siena freshman to lead the team in scoring in a season-opener since Alex Franklin scored 20 vs. Stanford in 2006. Freshmen accounted for 40 of Siena’s 62 points (65%). Imoh Silas led the team in rebounding pulling down 11 boards. As a team, they struggled from deep shooting just 4-24 3-pointers, 0-16 in the second half.

Coach Jimmy Patsos indicated on Monday that he is considering starting White in place of Evan Hymes at the shooting guard position.

Siena leads the series with Vermont 21-8 all-time and 13-6 in DI competition. The Catamounts have won the last 3 by a combined total of just 7 points. Last season Vermont won 54-53 at the Times Union Center on a Sandro Carissimo game-winning layup with 9 seconds remaining. The previous year they downed the Saints in Burlington 64-62 with a Matt Glass tip in with one tenth of a second left.

Vermont is coming off a 74-64 season-opening loss at home to St. Joseph’s. Senior Clancy Rugg led three Catamounts in double figures with a team-high 17 points.  Candon Rusin added 15 points and  Carissimo scored 10.  Brian Voelkel added a game-high 10 boards along with six points.

UVM finished last season with an overall record of 21-12, 11-5 in the America East. It was the program’s 10th 20-win season in the past 12 years. The Catamounts advanced to the America East Championship game for the eighth time in 11 years, hosting Albany in the finals (L, 53-49). UVM earned its fifth straight postseason berth with the program’s second trip to the CBI.

Vermont returns six seniors and all five starters from last season. They return their top three scorers, 6-8 senior forward Rugg (11.4 ppg.), 6-7 senior forward Luke Apfeld (10.7) and 6-2 senior guard Carissimo (10.0). UVM’s scoring defense ranked 28th nationally last season allowing just 59.2 ppg., a school record.

Patrick Gymnasium is traditionally a difficult place for opponents to play. Vermont is 114-32 there since the 2002-03 season and the Catamounts are 55-16 at home over the last five seasons.

The Catamounts will be playing without 6-9 sophomore forward Ethan O’Day who is out with a broken thumb suffered in their loss to St. Joseph’s Saturday night. O’Day scored nine points on 4 of 5 shooting before exiting with the injury in the second half and did not return. He is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. O’Day who averaged 6.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game last winter, was expected to have an increased role for UVM who was already dealing with offseason injuries to forwards Ryan Pierson and Brendan Kilpatrick.

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