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B.U. downs Hoopcats in Boston

Tuesday, January 8th

BOSTON - Sandro Carissimo scored a team-high 17 points, 14 in the second half, but the Vermont Catamounts dropped a 63-53 decision at Boston University in America East action at Case Gymnasium. The Catamounts suffered their first conference loss and fell to 9-6 overall, 2-1 in the league. Boston U improved to 7-9 overall and 1-2 in America East.

D.J. Irving and Dom Morris combined for 37 points to lead Boston University. Irving scored a game-high 20 points, while Morris posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Trey Blue and Clancy Rugg each added 10 points off the bench and Brian Voelkel collected nine rebounds for Vermont. Carissimo also grabbed five rebounds.

The Catamounts shot just 27.3 percent for the game from the field, while the Terriers connected on 44.7 percent of their shots from the floor, including a 54.5 percent effort in the second half. Boston U also took advantage of 14 UVM turnovers, converting them into 17 points on the night.

"I thought our guys played hard tonight, but seemed to lose focus," said Vermont head coach John Becker. "Credit Boston University they out played us. It's tough to win on the road especially in league and that proved to be the case tonight."

Vermont pushed out to a 10-4 lead to start the game and extended the advantage to 10 points on a free throw from Ethan O'Day at the 7:54 mark of the first half.

The Catamounts suffered through a drought of nearly nine minutes without a field goal and the Terriers responded with a 10-1 run to climb back within one, 21-20, with 4:07 remaining in the half. Despite the offensive struggle the Catamounts headed to the locker room with a 24-22 lead.

Boston U scored the first seven points of the second half to take a five point lead, 29-24. Carissimo answered, scoring nine straight points to push the Catamounts back in front by two, 33-31, at the 13:52 mark.

Neither team made a field goal over the next four minutes, but the Terriers went 7-for-8 from the foul line and to push back out in front by five at the midway point of the stanza.

Vermont sliced Boston U's lead to one three different times and trailed by a point after layup from Clancy Rugg at the 4:30 mark, but that would be as close at UVM would get the rest of the way. The Terriers went on a 10-0 run to open up a double-digit lead and out scored Vermont 9-2 over the final 1:09 of the contest to seal the victory.

Vermont returns to action on Saturday when it hosts UMBC at 3 p.m. as part of a basketball doubleheader. The UVM and UMBC women will square off at noon prior to the men's game.

--- UVM Sports Information

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