Siena Searching For Answers Following Loss To Vermont


Siena suffered their first home loss of the season as they struggled to find their way in a losing effort to Vermont, 79-60 Thursday night at the Times Union Center. It was their 4th loss in the last 5 games as they wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule.

It has been a disappointing start for the Saints who entered the season with high expectations after being picked 2nd in the MAAC Preseason Poll. They sit at 4-9 overall and 1-1 in the MAAC as they turn their focus to finding a way to establish themselves as a league contender.

The two teams were fairly even for much of the first half and a Nico Clareth jumper knotted the game at 21 with 6:18 to go before the break. The Catamounts scored on their next possession and took the lead which they would hold for the rest of the game. They carried a 36-30 edge into halftime in part due to Siena’s cold shooting (10-27, 37%) in the opening 20 minutes.

Vermont’s lead was just 5 points with 15:11 to go in the game after a Lavon Long three-pointer. The Catamounts answered with a two. Then what looked like a possible three-point play for Long with 13:33 to go, potentially cutting the lead to 4, was questionably waved off as Siena coach Jimmy Patsos was whistled for a technical foul. Vermont converted both free throws and soon extended the lead to double digits which held the rest of the way.

Patsos shuffled the lineup throughout the game trying to find the right combination. Disappointed with the team’s energy and effort he said after the game, “I don’t see our passion and emotion right now and as a head coach I’m very disappointed in that. I’ll do the best I can to try and get it back.”

Brett Bisping had 10 points along with 14 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Clareth also scored 10 points. Javion Ogunyemi had 9 points plus 5 boards and Long added 8 points with  rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.

Still searching for the right combination, the Saints have used 8 different starting lineups in the first 13 games. Coming off the bench for the first time this season, Marquis Wright was held to just 4 points in 18 minutes of play.

Siena was outrebounded by Vermont, 40-31 and was outscored in the paint 42-28. The Saints had just 9 assists for the game as a team and committed 15 turnovers.

Darren Payen led Vermont (9-5) with 17 points off the bench on 7-9 shooting. Trae Bell-Haynes added 16 for the Catamounts who have now beaten Siena for the seventh consecutive season.

The Saints now head straight into conference play as they go on the road for the annual western New York trip. They take on Canisius on Monday at 2 p.m. in a game to be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Complete Stats and Box Score: Stats and Box Score

For more postgame comments, Click Here: Postgame Comments Following Siena Loss To Vermont

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