Freshman Ethan O'Day scored a career-high 17 points in his second career start to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 66-55 victory at Northeastern on Saturday. UVM moves to 2-1 overall, while the Huskies suffer their first loss of the season and fall to 2-1.
O'Day went 7-for-11 from the field and added four rebounds and three blocks for Vermont. Teammates Candon Rusin (15 points), Trey Blue (10 points) and Clancy Rugg (10 points) also reached double figures for the Catamounts. Rusin and Blue posted their best scoring totals in their first season on the court for UVM, while Rugg's contributions also included seven rebounds off the bench. Vermont's Brian Voelkel also added a team-high nine rebounds and six assists.
"It was a great team win. We did a good job of moving the ball against their zone and get penetration allowing our bigs to get good looks. Our defense was also pretty solid throughout," said Vermont head coach John Becker
Vermont will host Yale on Wednesday (Nov. 21) in the team's home opener at 7 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium. Prior to the start of the game UVM will raise its championship banner, recognizing the 2012 America East Championship and NCAA Tournament victory. The Catamounts will also receive their championship rings.
Meanwhile at Patrick Gym Saturday, Sophomore Niki Taylor and senior Lauren Buschmann combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 66-56 victory over visiting Brown in non-conference women's basketball action. Vermont moves to 2-2 overall.
Taylor posted her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 boards, while Buschmann added 12 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Tierra Shumpert chipped in nine points.
"I was extremely pleased with our effort. It was one of the first games I've seen us handle being down and digging ourselves out of a hole and then really showing the composure down the stretch to seal up a victory. Our program took a big step," said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride.
Vermont heads to Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Catamounts will take on Jacksonville on November 21 (7 p.m.) and also face the University of North Florida on November 24 (2 p.m.).
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