In what has become a common theme for the Vermont men's basketball team, the Catamounts continue to couple big home wins with bad road losses.
The latest, a 71-68 road loss to Maine Tuesday at Alfond Arena. It was the second straight America East road defeat for UVM, and much like the previous lackluster effort in Boston, it was the defense that did them in.
"We just didn't have the defensive intensity we needed," coach John Becker said. "We scored 68 points; good enough to win. However, the defense wasn't there."
"Obviously, we needed to play better at Maine," junior guard Sandro Carissimo said. "The team needs to move forward, we have a big game coming up on Saturday."
Vermont's next test won't be any easier. The Catamounts travel to Albany this weekend, to take on a Great Danes team coming off an 85-80 loss to Boston University and seeking redemption for a 25-point loss to UVM earlier this month.
"It's going to take our best game to defeat this team," Becker said. "Albany is a really good team and our defense has to be up to the task."
"They're going to come in fired up," junior forward Clancy Rugg said. "We need to make plays on both ends of the court. If we do that, we'll be fine."
Tip-off for the men's game is set for 7:30 p.m. at SEFCU Arena. It will be preceded by the women's matchup at 5 p.m.
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