Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
DURHAM, NH. — Anthony Lamb posted a game-high 20 points to lead Vermont (16-6, 6-1 AE) over New Hampshire (10-10, 3-4 AE) 56-43 on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Catamounts have won six straight games and nine out of their last 10 overall.
“Tonight, was a hard-fought game which was expected against a good New Hampshire team,” Cioffi Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Becker. “I thought we did a good job on the glass and we were really good defensively. It was a nice win on the road and we’ll take it.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Wildcats opened the game on a 7-2 run with help from Chris Lester and Josh Hopkins who canned a pair of triples.
Vermont answered with an 18-2 run in 10:03 to grab a 20-9 lead with three minutes to play in the first half. During the run, UVM held UNH scoreless for a little over eight minutes. Lamb found his spot in the post to pace the Cats’ run with eight early points. The Green & Gold took a 25-16 lead in to the locker room.
UVM came out of the break with a 15-6 run. Lamb put up six points in the run, including an early three-pointer. Minutes later, Stef Smith pick-pocketed a Wildcat and ran the floor, then lobbed to Daniel Giddens who slammed down the alley oop.
New Hampshire pulled within 11 points with 12:43 left on the clock, but Vermont answered with a 12-7 run in five minutes to push the lead back up an 18-point margin.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Lamb’s eighth 20-point game of the season came on 8-of-18 shooting from the field, including one from three-point land. The senior also sank three free throws and pulled down five rebounds.
Smith was 3-for-4 from behind the arc en route to an 11-point night. The guard also dished out three assists.
Ben Shungu posted a career-high 10 rebounds and chipped in six points with a pair of threes.
With the victory, the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate $100 to a Vermont charity, bringing the 2020 total to 16 wins totaling $1,600. A special thank you to Vermont Mutual Insurance for their support, protecting Vermonters since 1828.
Vermont visits longtime conference rival UAlbany on Saturday (Feb. 1). The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena. Tickets are available for purchase at UAlbanySports.com. The first meeting of the season between the Catamounts and Great Danes will be streamed on ESPN3 by logging in with your television provider. 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.