Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BURLINGTON — Anthony Lamb posted a game-high 23 points as Vermont (9-5) closed out the decade with a 76-51 victory over George Washington (6-7) on Tuesday at Patrick Gym.
“Today was a really good win over an Atlantic 10 team on New Year’s Eve in front of another great crowd,” Cioffi Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Becker said. “It was a fun game to be a part of and I thought we played really well for the most part. We shot the ball well for the second straight game and got contributions from a lot of guys.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Catamounts and Colonials exchanged baskets in the opening minutes of the first half after Lamb drilled a pair of threes as the non-conference opponents were tied 22-22.
Vermont then distanced itself from George Washington with a 21-4 run in the final nine minutes of the half. Stef Smith registered two triples and Lamb added nine more points en route to a 43-26 lead at the break.
The Colonials began to rally back in the second half. Chase Paar manufactured seven points and Amir Harris added six points as GW closed the gap to 58-49, its smallest deficit since the 6:48 mark of the first half.
The Cats put the game away with an 18-2 run in the final eight minutes. Everett Duncan drilled a contested three to ignite the offense and Smith provided nine more points in UVM’s closing run.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Lamb’s 23 points were fueled by 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. The senior collected eight rebounds and tallied three blocks.
Smith registered 19 points, pulled in three boards, and dished out three assists.
Robin Duncan nearly had a double-double with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The guard also distributed four assists.
The 25-point win was the largest margin of victory over an Atlantic 10 opponent in program history. Vermont has won six of its last seven meetings with A-10 schools and completed a second straight season sweep.
With the victory, the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate $100 to Make-A-Wish Vermont, bringing the 2019 grand total to 112 wins totaling $11,200. A special thank you to Vermont Mutual Insurance for their support. A new beneficiary of the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign will be announced at the next game. Vermont Mutual Insurance, protecting Vermonters since 1828.
Vermont hits the road for the first time in 2020 with a visit to Dartmouth on Thursday (Jan. 2). Tip-off against the Big Green is slated for 7 p.m. at Leede Arena. Tickets can be purchased through DartmouthSports.com. The non-conference matchup can be seen on ESPN+ with a paid subscriptions. Fans can also listen live on the Vermont Sports Network, from Learfield IMG College, on 101.3 The Game or online at Catamounts All-Access with Jake Marsh on the call.