Siena Loses Home-Opener To Vermont

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Siena unfurled the 2014 CBI Championship banner prior to the start of their home-opening game Monday night but once the ball was tipped, the Saints were given what coach Jimmy Patsos described as a “wake-up call” as they suffered a 84-76 loss to Vermont at the Times Union Center.

Vermont’s red-hot shooting and an at times porous Siena defense, led to a 68% field goal percentage including 77% (13-17) in the second half for the visitors. UVM outscored the Saints 42-16 in the paint.

Ethan O’Day was a perfect 8-for-8 on his way to a 20-point performance to lead the Catamounts (1-1).

“I said they’re coming in angry and they’re gonna outwork us if we’re not ready and I thought they did,” Patsos said. “We matched them for about 30 minutes. Thirty-five minutes against UMass isn’t enough. Thirty minutes against them (Vermont) is not enough either. We’re not playing 40 minutes yet so onward we go.”

Rob Poole led Siena (0-2) with a game-high 22 points including 12-12 free throws. The Saints were 34-38 (90%) from the free throw line on the night. Evan Hymes scored 15 points of the bench, 12 in the first half and Ryan Oliver added 11 points.

It’s still early,” said Oliver. “It’s still November There’s a lot of basketball left to play. We just have to have it be a learning experience and listen to the coaches.”

Siena led 37-36 at the half but after the intermission the Saints were just 7-24 (29.2%) from the field while UVM hit 13-17 FG (76.5%). Still, the Saints led by as many as 9 with 12:34 to go in the game but a 18-3 Vermont run turned the tide as Siena went 5 ½ minutes without scoring from the field. It was Siena’s fifth straight loss to Vermont.

“I warned them I said this was gonna be a tough game,” Patsos said. “Vermont’s a very good team. They’ve beat us five times in a row for a reason.”

Trae Bell-Haynes followed O’Day for Vermont with 16 points and Hector Harold added 11.

Siena has a quick turnaround as they head on the road to take on St. Bonaventure for the Franciscan Cup. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm.

Tonight’s attendance: 5,964

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