Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BURLINGTON — The Vermont men’s basketball team had five players set career highs in the scoring column as the Cats defeated Gallaudet 93-44 on Wednesday night. The Catamounts stand at 6-2 on the year and extend their home winning streak to 10 games.
“It was a fun night for me, I had a lot more emotions than I thought I would,” Cioffi Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Becker said. “It’s hard to play against your friends and a place that I really care about. It was good that everyone got in tonight and everyone scored.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The score was close early but the Green and Gold pulled ahead 25-9 midway through the first half after mounting a 17-5 run.
The Cats continued to push the tempo for the remainder of the period and outscored the Bison 26-4 for a 51-13 advantage at the break. UVM’s defense held GU to 18.8% shooting (6-for-32) in the first half.
In the second half, Vermont continued its offensive rhythm and pushed its lead to as large as a 53-point margin with eight minutes left to play. The Catamounts shot 56.3% (18-for-32) in the final frame.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Daniel Giddens nearly recorded his first collegiate double-double with 17 points and eight boards. The graduate senior shot 7-of-10 from the floor and blocked one shot.
Ryan Davis registered his second double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 7-of-11 from the field and pulled down five offensive boards.
Duncan Demuth and Eric Beckett added 10 points apiece. The duo combined for eight field goals, including three triples, and five rebounds.
Deng Adiang netted his first collegiate bucket with a fast-break layup late in the second half.
Becker served as Gallaudet’s head men’s basketball coach from 1997-99, his first collegiate head coaching job, after three seasons as an assistant coach. Kevin Kovacs, GU’s current head coach, was a player during Becker’s time as an assistant.
The Catamounts won tonight which brings the win total to 101, which means Vermont Mutual Insurance will be donating $100 to Make A Wish Vermont. This win brings the 2019 total to $10,100. A special thank you to Vermont Mutual Insurance for their support. Vermont Mutual Insurance, protecting Vermonters since 1828.
Following the Thanksgiving break, Vermont will return to action at regional rival Yale on Sunday (Dec. 1). The opening tip is set for 2 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Athletics.Ticketing.Yale.edu. The game will be televised on NESN and the NESN Go app by logging in with your television provider. DirectTV viewers can find the game on channel 628 while Dish Network users can catch the matinee on channels 434 (SD) and 5434 (HD). For local Xfinity subscribers, NESN is located on channels 39 (SD) and 773 (HD). 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.