Andrew Lawrence and Anthony Stitt combined for 40 points to lead the College of Charleston past Vermont, 62-50, in non-conference men's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium on Saturday. Charleston improves to 8-4 overall, while Vermont falls to 7-5 on the season.
Lawrence netted a game-high 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting and added five rebounds and five assists for the Cougars. Stitt contributed 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including a 3-for-4 effort from 3-point range. Willis Hall led the team on the boards with 12 rebounds.
Clancy Rugg came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points and Sandro Carissimo added 10 for the Catamounts. Brian Voelkel was two points shy of his fourth double-double in five games, finishing the contest with eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
"It was a hard fought game today. I thought we played pretty well in the first half. In the second half we had some good looks that didn't go down and their guards are very good and our defense started to breakdown. It was a competitive game, but we weren't able to make enough plays to win. I give our guys credit they played hard today," said Vermont head coach John Becker.
The game was tightly contested in the first half. The lead changed hands 10 times and neither team was able to build more than a three-point advantage.
Vermont held a 22-19 lead with 3:40 remaining in the half, but the Cougars closed the stanza with a 7-1 run to take a 26-23 lead into the break.
Charleston shot 42.3 percent from the field and was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes. Vermont shot 33.3 percent from the floor in the first half.
The Catamounts climbed back to tie the game up three different times in the first six minutes of the second half, but were not able to jump out in front of the Cougars.
A layup by Candon Rusin with 13:59 remaining knotted the score at 32. Charleston answered with five straight points to push out in front, 37-32, and would grow its lead to seven with 9:15 left in the game.
Voekel converted a layup at the 7:07 mark to bring Vermont within four, but Stitt answered with a 3-pointer and Lawrence added a layup to give Charleston a nine-point advantage with just over five minutes remaining. The Cougars were able to hold off Vermont the rest of the way to remain unbeaten on the road (4-0).
Charleston finished the game shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and went 7-for-14 from 3-point range. Vermont shot 31.6 percent from the field in the game.
The Catamounts out rebounded the Cougars 38-34 and 16-7 on the offensive glass. Charleston entered the contest with a plus-5 margin in rebounding on the season.
Vermont returns to action on January 2 when it travels to New Hampshire to take on the Wildcats at 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium in the America East opener for both teams.
---UVM Athletic Department Press Release---
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