Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BURLINGTON — Junior forward Anthony Lamb logged his fifth double-double of the season with 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Catamounts beat America East rival UAlbany 67-49 on Saturday afternoon. Vermont stands at 19-5 on the year and 9-1 in the conference standings. The loss snaps the Great Danes’ three-game winning streak who drop to 8-16 overall and 3-6 in league play.
“We have shot well on this homestand and it was a fun game,” Cioffi Men’s Basketball Head Coach said. “It’s not rocket science – when guys are in a rhythm and shooting like that, you’re kind of just along for the ride. It was a fun atmosphere to play in and we will take a comfortable win over your rival any day.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first half was a defensive battle as UVM held a 15-12 lead at the eight-minute media timeout. The Great Danes jumped out to an 8-4 advantage by the 14:48 minute mark but the Catamounts clawed back with an 11-4 run.
The Green and Gold started to heat up from long range and buried three straight triples to extend their lead to 24-14 with four minutes left in the half.
In the final three minutes of the period, UAlbany scored seven of the last 10 points and cut Vermont’s lead to 30-21 heading into the intermission.
The Catamounts opened the second half with a 17-7 surge, fueled by 12 points from Lamb and two treys from Ernie Duncan, and padded their lead to 47-28 at the 14-minute mark.
The lead grew to as large as a 27-point margin with 9:23 left in the game but UAlbany used the long ball to draw within 58-40 two minutes later.
The two rivals traded baskets for the rest of the contest as the Cats reached the win column for the fourth straight game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Lamb’s double-double came on 10-of-19 shooting and he made all four trips at the charity stripe. The junior denied four shots and dished out an assist.
Ernie Duncan followed with 16 points, four assists, and two steals. He made 5-of-8 attempts from the field including 4-of-7 from three-point land.
Everett Duncan added 12 points and two boards off the bench. The middle Duncan brother also found his outside stroke with three triples.
The Duncan trio of Ernie, Everett and Robin Duncan combined for 31 points, eight three’s, and eight assists.
UVM has won the last seven meetings with UAlbany and improves to 31-14 in the all-time series.
The Cats own a 19-5 overall record and 9-1 mark in conference play for the third consecutive season. The 19-5 record is the fifth in school history and the 9-1 start in league play is the eighth in program history.
With the victory, the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate $100 to Make-A-Wish Vermont; bringing this year’s total to 27 wins and $2,700.
Vermont will finish its three-game homestand against twin state rival New Hampshire on Wednesday (Feb. 13). The opening tip is set for 7 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at UVMathletics.com/Tickets or at the Patrick Gym Box Office on gameday. All of the action can be seen on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app by logging in with your television provider.