LEWISBURG, Pa. Vermont rallied from a double-digit deficit in the final minutes, but ultimately fell 81-77 at Bucknell Saturday night. It's just the second loss of the season for UVM.
The Cats and Bison went back and forth for the first 30 minutes or so, but ultimately it was the three point shot that pushed the home team over the top. Bucknell converted seven of eleven second half attempts to build a ten point advantage. Zach Thomas did most of the damage: he connected on all three of his long range efforts in the second half and finished with 24 points on the night.
UVM battled back to cut their deficit to two when Trae Bell-Haynes banked in a layup with just under 30 ticks on the clock, and they had one chance to take the lead. Everett Duncan got a steal off the inbound, but Payton Henson missed an open look from three that would have given UVM a one-point lead, and Bucknell sealed it with free throws.
With the loss, Vermont falls to 6-2 on the year. They'll travel directly from Pennsylvania to BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, site of last year's NCAA Tournament loss to Purdue. The Cats face Big East foe Marquette Tuesday night at 7 p.m.