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 Trey Blue came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points and Brian Voelkel added 15 rebounds to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 61-37 victory over visiting Binghamton in America East men's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium.
 
Vermont improved to 11-6 overall and 4-1 in America East.  The Catamounts are 54-15 in America East play since the 2008-09 season and 30-6 at Patrick Gym in league games.  Binghamton fell to 2-16 on the year and 0-5 in the conference.
 
Blue scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and combined with teammate Clancy Rugg to account for 25 of UVM's 34 points in the first stanza.  Rugg finished the night with 16 points, his second straight double-digit effort in as many games.  Voelkel added seven assists as the Catamounts handed out 16 helpers on 22 field goals.
 
Jordan Reed and Roland Brown scored 10 points each to pace Binghamton.  The duo also combined for nine rebounds for the Bearcats.
 
Blue scored eight straight points to open up a two-point game and push Vermont's lead to 10, 18-8, with 10:16 remaining in the first half.  Binghamton chipped the lead down to five after a 3-pointer from Mike Hom at the 6:56 mark.  The Catamounts answered with a 13-2 run, which included three straight 3-pointers from Brendan Kilpatrick, Blue and Sandro Carissimo, to pull out to a 16-point advantage and UVM would take a 34-22 lead into halftime.
 
Binghamton would only get as close as 13 in the second half as Vermont would hold the Bearcats to 15 points in the second stanza and cruised to its 11th straight America East victory on its home floor.
 
"Happy to win tonight.  It was a pretty choppy game. At times we struggled to get in rhythm offensively.  Trey got us going in the first half and in the second half we were able to run more and get some easy ones.  Defensively we were really good all night.  We held them to under 40 points which was good and we are pleased to get the win," said Vermont head coach John Becker.
 
Vermont shot 40.7 from the floor in each half and limited Binghamton to 28.6 percent in the second stanza.  The Catamounts also out rebounded Binghamton 39-23 in the game and 14-2 on the offensive glass.
 
Vermont will host Stony Brook on Friday (Jan. 18) in a re-match of last year's America East Championship game.

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Niki Taylor and Annie Wheeler each scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 61-56 win at Binghamton in America East women's basketball action on Wednesday.
 
Taylor went 5-for-12 from the field and added four assists, while Wheeler shot 7-for-13 from the floor to post a new career high in 18 minutes off the bench.  Tierra Shumpert chipped in a career-high 10 assists and added seven points and six rebounds, while Kylie Atwood contributed nine points, matching her career-high, and added a season-best eight rebounds.
 
Sherae Swinson scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Binghamton.
 
Vermont trailed by three in the opening minutes of the contest, but a 3-pointer from Atwood knotted the game up and ignited a 16-4 run by the Catamounts that pushed them out in front by nine, 18-9, with 5:51 left in the first half.  Vermont would extend its lead to double digits in the closing minutes of the stanza and took a 30-19 advantage into halftime.
 
The Catamounts shot 41.4 percent from the field and held Binghamton to 29.2 percent shooting in the first stanza.
 
Vermont's lead grew to 13 at the 10:13 mark of the second half, but the Bearcats rallied, putting together a 15-5 run to climb back within three, 48-51, with 5:39 remaining. 
 
Binghamton remained within striking distance down the stretch, but the Catamounts went 6-for-8 from the foul line in the final two minutes, including a 5-for-6 effort from Shumpert to seal the win.
 
Vermont improved to 3-1 in America East and 6-11 overall. Binghamton fell to 2-16 overall and 1-4 in league play.
 
"Tonight was a total team effort.  I was proud of the way our bench, in particular, came ready to play.  To get 36 points from our bench was really the difference tonight.  It was great to see that group prove their value in a critical conference game," said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride.
 
"Annie Wheeler and Kylie Atwood really gave us a spark off the bench tonight.  Not only did they score some important points, they made some great plays on the other end of the floor that helped us pull out the win," continued Gear McBride.
 
Vermont will continue on the road, playing at Stony Brook on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 2 p.m.

Courtesy: University of Vermont Athletics

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