Hoopcats edge Yale for fifth straight win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - UVM matched its best start under head coach John Becker and extended its winning streak to five games after holding off Ivy League rival Yale with a 79-73 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Catamounts improve to 5-1 overall while the Bulldogs fall to 3-4 on the year.

Anthony Lamb recorded his second 20-point outing of the season with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting. The sophomore grabbed seven rebounds, dished out two assists, and swatted away a pair of shots. Payton Henson tallied a season-high 19 points with four rebounds. Ernie Duncan reached double figures with 12 points after draining a pair of attempts from long range. Trae Bell-Haynes matched a career-high with 10 assists in the win.

Yale's Miye Oni scored a game-high 26 points after connecting on 8-of-16 attempts from the floor. Oni hit five three-pointers, gathered seven rebounds, and handed out four assists. Alex Copeland also charted double digits with 17 points and three assists.

The two rivals played a tight first half with 10 lead changes. Late in the period, the scoreboard read 29-29 until the Bulldogs went on a small 5-0 run in less than a minute. The Catamounts rallied and tied the game with five unanswered points after Drew Urquhart banked a layup off the glass, then Skyler Nash buried a three-pointer in front of Yale's bench. Vermont went into the break with a slim 37-36 lead.

In the second half, the Cats and Bulldogs kept the score close until UVM gained some breathing room. Urquhart hit a tough layup in the paint and gave the Green and Gold a six-point advantage. Yale responded and took its first lead of the final period with a 10-2 run at the 9:03 mark.

The Catamounts roared back once again and produced a 12-4 run over a five-minute stretch for a 69-63 advantage at the four-minute media timeout. With a minute and change remaining in the contest, Duncan pump-faked his defender, took a step back, and iced the game with shot from beyond the arc on the left wing.

Vermont will play game two of its five-game road trip at Richmond on Wednesday (Nov. 29).

Courtesy: UVM Sports Information