Update: official statement from Allison Shepherd, UVM Head Athletic Trainer, on Luke Apfeld ...
"Luke Apfeld has been diagnosed with a lower leg injury that is likely to keep him sidelined 3-6 weeks."
UVM head Coach John Becker said after Saturday's win over UMBC that Apfeld sprained his ankle before the season and had been playing through the injury.
BURLINGTON, Vt.-- Clancy Rugg scored a career-high 19 points in his second start of the season to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 68-53 win over UMBC in America East Men's Basketball action before a season-high crowd of 2,655 at Patrick Gymnasium. Vermont improves to 10-6 overall and 3-1 in America East. UMBC falls to 3-14 on the year and 1-3 in league play.
"Happy to get a win tonight," said Vermont head coach John Becker. "We struggled again offensively in the first half and from the free throw line in the entire game, but defensively were pretty consistent. In the second half Sandro, Clancy, and Candon were able to get it going and we were able to pull away from them. A win is a win in league and we'll take it."
Vermont led wire-to-wire and by as many as 11 in the first half but the Retrievers out scored the Catamounts 10-5 to close the stanza and trailed 27-21 at the break.
Brian Neller hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second half and slice UVM's lead to two, 29-27, at the 18:23 mark. UVM pushed back out in front by seven, but UMBC climbed back within three, 40-37, with 13:20 left in the half.
The Catamounts answered with a decisive 22-7 run over the next eight minutes, hitting seven straight field goals, to take a 62-44 lead with 4:59 remaining. Vermont would maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the way and improved to 5-3 on its home court.
Rugg added nine rebounds and four steals to go with his career-high effort. Ethan O'Day added 12 points and five rebounds and Sandro Carissmo chipped in 11 points and five assists.
Chase Plummer came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead UMBC. Neller finished the game with 13 points and was 4-for-9 from beyond the arc.
Vermont returns to action on Wednesday (Jan. 16) when it hosts Binghamton at 7 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium.
---UVM Athletic Department Press Release---
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