Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
FAIRFAX, VA. –– Anthony Lamb and Ernie Duncan combined to score 38 points and the Vermont men’s basketball team made it a clean sweep of the nation’s capital defeating George Mason, 72-67, Monday night.
The win makes three straight for Catamounts as they improve to 6-3 on the season. The Patriots slip to 4-6 having their two-game win streak snapped.
“We executed our game-plan really well. First half we just couldn’t get anything going offensively but our defense was great,” Cioffi Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Becker said. “It’s hard to close out these games on the road against good teams but we made enough free throws and got enough stops.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
Vermont jumped out to a 9-2 advantage just five minutes in to the first half when Ernie Duncan nailed the first of his two first-half three-pointers.
The Cats’ built a double-digit lead on two occasions in the first 20 minutes, the latter of which on a Ra Kpedi jump-hook in the lane to make it 22-12.
For the second straight game, Vermont stormed out of the locker room and controlled play to start the second half. An 8-2 run courtesy of Anthony Lamb and Ernie Duncan gave UVM its biggest lead of the game, 53-39, at the 7:42 mark.
George Mason mounted a comeback in the late stages of the half cutting the lead to three with under ten seconds to play but the Cats sealed the 3-0 road-trip at the free throw line.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Lamb and Duncan both scored in double-figures in the second half
The Catamount defense locked down George Mason in the first half holding the Patriots to just 8-for-23 from the field and 1-for-8 from three-point land
In just ten minutes off the bench, Samuel Dingba grabbed three offensive rebounds
UVM scored the first six points of the game and never trailed leading for more than 39 of the game’s 40 minutes
The Catamounts notched their first win in three tries against George Mason
Vermont’s has now won three straight true road games for the first time since the 2009-2010 season
With the victory, the ‘Cats Win, Community Wins’ campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate another $100 to the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, bringing the 2018 total to 109 wins and $10,900.
Vermont returns home on Saturday night (Dec. 8) to take on Ivy League preseason favorite Harvard at Patrick Gym. The opening tip is set for 7 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at UVMathletics.com. All the action can be seen on ESPN+. Fans can access ESPN+ with a seven-day free trial, followed by a subscription fee of $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year, with the ability to cancel at any time. Fans can also listen to the contest on 101.3 The Game and 1013TheGame.com with Jake Marsh on the call.