Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BURLINGTON –– UVM junior forward Anthony Lamb became the 39th player in program history to score over 1,000 career points as the Catamounts closed the books on non-conference play with a 73-59 win over Dartmouth. Vermont finishes the non-league slate with a 10-4 record while the Big Green slip to 9-7.
“Tonight, was a good win to finish non-conference play with a 10-4 record,” Cioffi Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Becker said. “I’m really proud of the way we got through the non-conference schedule. Overall, it was a good effort against a good Dartmouth team, and we have some things to improve upon as we get ready for league play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Catamounts shot 53.8% (14-for-26) in the first half and led for 18:31 of 20 minutes.
The regional rivals played to a one-possession game for the most of the period until Vermont outscored Dartmouth 12-6 in the last eight minutes for a 36-28 lead at halftime.
After the Cats padded their advantage to 46-34 five minutes into the second half, the Big Green crawled back into the game with eight unanswered points.
UVM built another double-digit lead with 4:25 left to play. Dartmouth trimmed the deficit to single digits three times in the final three minutes but the Cats put the game away at the charity stripe and knocked down 8-of-10 free throw attempts.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Lamb flirted with a triple-double and finished the night with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high six blocks. He banked in a layup from the low block at the 5:44 mark of the first half to reach the career milestone. He became the 12th Catamount to break the 1,000-point barrier in his junior season or sooner and achieved the feat in 67 career games – tied for the 10th fastest by a UVM player.
Isaiah Moll added 18 points and shot 6-of-8 from the floor.
Ben Shungu recorded double figures for the second time this year with 10 points.
The Catamounts extended their winning streak to 11 games against the Big Green.
UVM matched a school record with 10 non-conference victories – tied with the 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2009-10 Cats.
The non-conference finale was Military Appreciation Night presented by Milton Cat.
With the victory, the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate $100 to a local Vermont charity, bringing this year’s total to one win and $100.
Vermont will dive into America East play at UAlbany on Saturday (Jan. 5). The opening tip is set for 7 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at UAlbanySports.com. All of the action can be seen on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app by logging in with your television provider. Fans can also listen to the game on 101.3 The Game or 1013TheGame.com with Jake Marsh on the call.
MILITARY JERSEY AUCTION
The Catamounts wore special camouflage jerseys in the non-conference finale which are currently being auctioned off at UVMathletics.com/Auctions. The proceeds will benefit the Vermont Veterans Fund. The auction will run until Saturday at 12 p.m.