Men’s Hoop: Catamounts Blow Past NAIA Fisher 84-37

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

BURLINGTON – Ten Vermont players found the scoresheet and Catamounts won their second straight game defeating Fisher College in blowout fashion 84-37 on Saturday afternoon. Vermont climbs back to .500 with the win evening its record at 6-6 while Fisher falls to 5-7.

Cam Ward led the way for the Catamounts finishing with 15 points on six-of-seven shooting. It’s the seventh time in the last eight games the sophomore guard has reached double figures. Dylan Sinnickson recorded his first Vermont double-double scoring 11 points to go along with 12 rebounds – both Division I career-highs. Drew Urquhart and Kurt Steidl both chipped in with 10 points.

Tyler Shular led Fisher with 12 points and five rebounds as the Falcons shot just 20% (11-of-55) from the field.

After Fisher scored the first four points of the game, Vermont rattled off the next 17 to take complete control. Ward finished off a nice lead pass from Trae Bell-Haynes (five points) at the 11:14 mark of the first half to give UVM a 13-point cushion. The lead ballooned to 20 when Ward drilled one of his three trifectas and then Urquhart rocked the rim with a two-handed jam plus a foul to stretch the lead to 23.

Vermont finished the first half on a 17-3 run and went to the locker room up 46-18.

The second half saw more of the same. Darren Payen started with four straight points including a big slam to give UVM a 50-20 lead just two minutes into the second half. Ernie Duncan (nine points and five assists) canned one of his three 3-pointers to make it 55-21 before Sinnickson started to find his groove.

The Middlebury transfer, after not scoring in the first half, scored all 11 of his points in the final 10:19 and buried a trio of long balls – the first of his UVM career. His 12 rebounds match the single-game high for any Vermont player this season (Kurt Steidl – 12 at Eastern Michigan). He clinched the double-double with 22 seconds left in the game knocking down a fadeaway jumper from the elbow much to the delight of his teammates on the bench.

It’s back on the road now for the Catamounts as they head to Boston to take on Northeastern on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Tipoff against the Huskies is set for 1 p.m. from historic Matthews Arena. The game can be heard on ESPN 101.3 FM with AJ Kanell on the call starting at 12:30.

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