Men’s Hoop: Catamounts Win 16th Straight, Topping UML 87-66

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

LOWELL, MA. –  Vermont rolled to an 87-66 America East win at UMass Lowell on Wednesday night to set a new program record with its 16th consecutive overall and 14th straight conference victory. With the win, Vermont clinches at least a share of the America East Regular Season title.

Vermont matches the highest win total under head coach John Becker after improving to 24-5 overall. The Cats are the first team since Delaware in 1991-92 to start America East play at 14-0. UMass Lowell falls to 11-18 overall and 5-8 in the conference standings.

UVM had one of its strongest offensive showings of the season by shooting 62.3% (33-of-53) from the floor and outscored UMass Lowell 48-32 in the paint.

The Catamounts showed their depth once again as four players reached double figures. Anthony Lamb posted a team-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting with a career-high four three-pointers. Trae Bell-Haynes had a strong all-around game with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Kurt Steidl and Payton Henson added 11 points apiece and combined for 11 rebounds. Dre Wills was 4-of-5 from the field for nine points and matched Bell-Haynes with five assists.

UMass Lowell was guided by a game-high 28 points from Jahad Thomas. The junior was 13-of-19 from the floor with four rebounds and four assists. Tyler Livingston chipped in with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and tallied six rebounds. Rinardo Perry rounded out the top scorers with 13 points, including a trio from beyond the arc.

The green and gold controlled the tempo from the opening tip. UVM jumped out to a 27-10 lead at the midway point of the first half. After weathering a small run by the River Hawks, the Cats kept their foot on the gas pedal and padded the lead to 44-31 at the break.

In the second half, Vermont stormed out of the locker room outscoring the Riverhawks 30-17 over the first 12 minutes of the half. A Bell-Haynes three-point-play at the 8:38 mark gave the Cats a 26-point cushion – the largest lead of the night for UVM – and put the game out of reach. Lamb scored 13 of his 24 in the second half while Bell-Haynes had 11 of his 18 after the intermission break.

Vermont heads into the bye weekend and returns home on Wednesday, Feb. 22 to host rival Albany at 7 p.m. Single game tickets are available at or at the Patrick Gym Box Office on gameday.  The game can be seen on ESPN3 and the watchESPN app by logging in with your cable provider.