BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Clancy Rugg scored 19 points and hit 11 free throws as Vermont put away Siena 77-66 Tuesday night.
The Catamounts (1-1) jumped out to an early 18-6 lead capped off by a 3-pointer by Candon Rusin, but Siena closed the gap with a late surge in the first half, trimming the deficit to three at the break.
Nursing a six-point lead, Vermont used another run, outscoring the Saints 15-5 to take a 59-43 lead with 9:04 remaining.
Siena (0-2) climbed back to cut their deficit to single digits, but Vermont continued to nail their free throws, hitting their last nine of the game to finish 33 of 42 as a team.
The Catamounts shot 43.2 percent from the field with four players in double figures. Brian Volkel had 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but was just four points short of recording a triple-double.
Rob Poole led Siena with 22 points.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.