Clancy Rugg posted his third double-double of the season and Brian Voelkel matched his career-high with 16 rebounds to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 67-55 win at UMBC in America East men's basketball action at the RAC on Saturday.
Vermont has won four straight and improves to 16-7 overall and 9-2 in America East. UMBC falls to 6-18 on the year and 4-7 in league play.
Rugg led all scorers with 18 points and added 10 rebounds. He was 6-for-9 from the field and went 5-for-7 from the foul line. Voelkel who surpassed the 800-career rebound milestone versus New Hampshire on Wednesday, added four assists to pass former Catamount and current Middlebury College head coach Jeff Brown among the all-time assist leaders and has 431 for his career. Luke Apfeld reached double-figures for the second consecutive time in his second game back from injury, chipping in 13 points and adding seven rebounds.
Tierra Shumpert scored 13 points and Niki Taylor added 11 points, but the Vermont Catamounts dropped a 71-55 decision at UMBC in America East women's basketball action at the RAC on Saturday afternoon.
UMBC improves 8-16 overall and 4-7 in America East, while Vermont falls to 7-16 and 4-6 in league play.
The Catamounts jumped out to a 13-6 lead to start the game and led 18-11 after a jumper by Shumpert at the 11:10 mark of the first half.
UMBC closed to within one twice, but the Catamounts would push their lead back to six, 26-20, with 5:31 remaining in the half. The Retrievers responded with a 12-3 run to close the half and a 3-pointer by Bria White at the halftime horn gave UMBC its first lead of the game, 32-29, as the teams headed to the locker room.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Lauren Wheeler allowed UVM to regain the lead, 42-41, with 10:23 remaining in the second half. UMBC answered with six straight points from Raven Harris to spark a 10-0 run and push the Retrievers back in front by nine, 51-42, with 7:41 left in the game. UMBC's run would extend to 14-3 and the Retrievers opened up a double-digit lead they not relinquish the lead the rest of the way en route to the victory.
The Retrievers shot 42 percent from the floor in the second half and held UVM to 26 percent shooting in the stanza. UMBC was also aided by a 22-for-23 effort from the line in the second half alone and finished the game shooting 84.8 percent from the foul line.
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