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Cats Claw Out First Win of the Season

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Clancy Rugg scored 19 points and led four Catamounts in double-figures as Vermont posted a 77-66 victory over Siena in non-conference men's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium on Tuesday. Vermont earns its first victory of the year and moves to 1-1, while Siena falls to 0-2 on the season.

Rugg was 4-for-8 from the field and 11-for-13 from the foul line, while also collecting five rebounds.  Sandro Carissimo added 16 points and Luke Apfeld chipped in 12 points and seven boards. Freshman Kurt Steidl contributed 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench and Brian Voelkel posted a double-double with a game-highs of 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Rob Poole led all scorers with 22 points and Lavon Long netted 12 points for the Saints. The duo also combined for 12 rebounds.

Siena led 4-2 at the 18:06 mark of the first half and a 3-pointer by Carissimo ignited a 16-2 run over the next 8:26 of the contest to take a 18-6 lead with 9:40 remaining in the stanza. The Catamounts went 6-for-10 from the field, while limiting Siena to 1-of-8 shooting from the floor and forcing nine turnovers.

The Saints closed to within five, 18-13, after a 3-point play conversion by Long at the 8:17 mark. Vermont answered with another run, 8-1, behind a 6-for-6 effort from the foul line, to push its lead back to double digits, 26-14, with 4:24 left in the half.

Siena used an 8-0 run of its own to climb back within four and Brett Bisping converted a layup at the halftime horn to slice UVM's lead to three, 32-29.

The Catamounts opened the second half with a 20-9 run over the first 8:41 to take a 52-38 lead. Apfeld contributed eight points, while Steidl and Carissimo combined for 10 points in the run.

UVM's lead would grow as large as 16 and the Catamounts maintained a comfortable advantage the rest of the way. Vermont closed the game with a 6-for-6 effort from the foul line in the last minute of action.

Vermont finished the game shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the foul line (33-for-42). Siena was limited to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and went 24-for-29 from the stripe.

The Catamounts begin a stretch of seven games in 15 days when they travel to Rhode Island to face Bryant (Saturday, 7p.m.) and Providence (Monday, 7 p.m.).

Courtesy:  UVM Athletic Department


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