Saturday, November 13, 2010

Siena first reactions of Vermont game

ALBANY - Siena won't go undefeated this season.

We knew this was going to happen, but most fans probably thought it wouldn't start tonight. Or should I say end, as in the 38-game homecourt winning streak that came to an end as Vermont held on for an 80-76 victory in downtown Albany.

The Saints actually trailed by 15, before they tried to kick it into high gear and steal victory from defeat.

“We can’t put ourselves in that position and have to dig out of that hole,” said senior forward Ryan Rossiter, who was a beast late in the game.

The team's play wasn't great and kind of embodied how they've performed throughout the preseason.

“We were good at times and then we just don’t play well at times,” said coach Mitch Buonaguro. “The lack of consistency was evident tonight.”

Some quick positives and negatives.

  • Rosstier and OD Anosike should dominate throughtout the season (they combined for 38 points and 15 rebounds)
  • The late-game play was your typical Siena team, trapping and causing turnovers. If they play like that for the entire 40 minutes, they win easily.
  • Lack of turnovers. Coach B had been worried about that and the Saints had just 9, while forcing 20 turnovers.
  • Rebounding. The Saints were outrebounded 44-30 and going up against Minnesota on Monday will be a even harder to even that stat.
  • The point guard play. I wouldn't say Kyle Griffin or Rakeem Brookins were bad, but they just didn't get it done. Especially when little Joey Accaoui had a career night.
Vermont coach Mike Lonergan had a lot of good things to say about Siena (he met the school's president before the game).

“We pride ourselves on playing a tough schedule,” Lonergan said. “Obviously, they do too. They’re going to Minnesota now. I think these are two of the best mid-major programs in the last eight years, on the whole east coast, along with Davidson.”

Clarence Jackson had his thumb heavily taped in the locker room after the game.

He said he reaggrevated jamming it in practice and that's not a good sign.

He didn't make excuses for having a bad shooting night, but that thing will probably not feel much better in the morning.

“I tried to attack the basket more,” a frustrated Jackson said after the game. “I wasn’t finishing.”

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