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Cats get Canisius

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The University of Vermont men's basketball team will host Canisius at 1 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium on February 23 on ESPN 3 as part of the 11th annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event.  The announcement was made on ESPNU on Monday night.

The Catamounts have played in the BracketBusters series seven times and own a 4-3 record in the event. Last year, UVM earned a 92-70 win over Niagara at Patrick Gymnasium in the BracketBuster game.

Canisius stands at 15-8 overall and is in a three-way tie for second place in the Metro Athletic Atlantic Conference (MAAC) standings.  The Golden Griffins have won five of their last six games as they begin a five-game road swing at Manhattan on Thursday.
 
Canisius is 2-1 against America East teams this season, picking up wins over Boston U (W, 83-75) and at UMBC (W, 83-65) and falling at Stony Brook (L, 82-75) earlier this season.
 
Head coach Jim Baron is in his first season at the helm of Canisius. He spent the previous 11 years as the head coach at Rhode Island.  Baron's son Billy is the team's leading scorer (6th in MAAC), averaging 16.3 points per game.  He is also handing out a team-high 5.6 assists per game and chipping in 4.4 rebounds per contest.
 
Isaac Sosa is the team's top 3-point threat, shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc and making a team-high 74 3-pointers this season.  He is also averaging 13 points per game.  Harold Washington and Heath Jordan are also averaging double figures for the Golden Griffins.  Washington is contributing 12.0 points per game and shooting 41.7 percent from long range, while Jordan is netting 10.4 points per game and grabbing 6.0 rebounds per contest.
 
Vermont is 14-7 overall and 7-2 in America East (2nd place).  The Catamounts have won five of their last six games, including a 49-43 win at Hartford on January 30.  UVM hosts New Hampshire on Wednesday (Feb. 6) at 7 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium.  The game will be broadcast on WCAXtra.

Courtesy:  UVM Athletic Department

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