Ugly Game Ends in Defeat

In one of the ugliest games you will ever see, The University of Vermont defeated the Siena Saints by the final score of 77-66 in Burlington tonight. The game featured a combined 63 personal fouls, 6 technical fouls, 71 free throws, and 37 turnovers. In the process 8 players, four from each side fouled out in a game described by the Vermont announcers as, “as gross as it could possibly get. A complete debacle.”

Vermont led this from close to start to finish. The Saints only lead came 2 minutes into the game on a Rob Poole layup. Over the next eight minutes the Saints would be held scoreless while the Catamounts rattled off a 13-0 run to jump out to an 11 point lead that they would never relinquish. Over that span the Saints failed to capitalize on their chances, missing countless shots while committing 11 fouls to put UVM in the double bonus before the half way marker of the first half.

Despite the slow start and abundance of team fouls, the young Saints found a way back into the game. Rob Poole hit four consecutive free throws, courtesy of a personal foul and subsequent technical foul on Candon Rusin, to begin a 15-6 run in the half’s final four minutes to pull within 3, 32-29 going into the locker room.

The second half foul troubles followed the Saints out of the locker room. Freshman Javion Ogunyemi was the first of four Saints to foul out, reaching five personals only 2:27 into the second half. Despite the whistles, the Saints had chances to cut the Catamount lead down to as few as one, but a missed uncontested lay-up by Brett Bisping and a missed dunk by Maurice White kept the Saints from ever reaching that mark. UVM took advantage of these missed opportunities to push their lead back to double digits and survived a late push, buoyed by the Saints press in the final minutes, to hold onto the win.

For their part the Saints committed a combined 37 personal fouls.

Rob Poole was one of the few bright spots for the Saints. He matched a career high with 22 points and was the spark plug in the first half that began the surge to keep the Saints in the game, scoring eight of the team’s first 10 points. Poole added 6 rebounds and 3 steals to round out his evening.

Lavon Long continues to impress. He was the only other Saint to reach double figures, scoring 12 points to go with 6 rebounds and 4 steals.

Marquis Wright continues to develop at the point. While scoring only 3 points on 1-6 shooting, he contributed 6 assists and 2 steals vs only 3 turnovers before fouling out late in the second half.

Despite the ugly nature of the game, it could be a turning point for the Saints season at shooting guard. After his impressive 17 point performance off the bench against Albany, Maurice White made his debut in the starting rotation. He replaced Evan Hymes, who scored 8 points off the bench before fouling out, and contributed 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. He shows a strong move to the basket and was well involved in the Saints offense.

With the loss the Saints drop to 0-2 on the season. The Saints continue their road trip this Saturday at 3 pm when they travel to LaSalle to take on the Explorers.

One Comment

  1. Reils'69

    November 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This was a good recap of a horrible game. i heard one fan say, "I went to a BB game and a hockey game broke out". Siena was mismatched completely. UVM was mature, experienced and very chippy….got away with many no calls. I was impressed with Siena's ability to keep it close despite playing poorly. There were bright spots however, in the play of Poole and Long. With more experience, these guys will get it right.

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