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Vermont drops final conference showdown with BU

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

John Papale scored a season-high 19 points and hit two big 3-pointers down the stretch to lead the Boston University Terriers to a 64-59 victory at Vermont in the final meeting between the two schools as America East opponents on Tuesday at Patrick Gymnasium.

Boston U improves to 14-11 overall and 8-4 in league play, while Vermont falls to 16-8 on the year and 9-3 in America East.

Papale was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc on the night and Dom Morris added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Maurice Watson, Jr. also chipped in 14 points and six rebounds for the Terriers.

Brian Voelkel registered his ninth career double-double and fourth of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. He also added six assists for the Catamounts. Trey Blue, making his third straight start for the injured Candon Rusin, and Clancy Rugg each added 12 points for UVM.

In a game that saw 15 lead changes, the Catamounts took a 7-2 lead to start the game, but neither team was able to get more than a four-point lead the rest of the half. Boston U led 20-16 at the 4:31 mark, but Vermont closed the half with a 7-2 spurt to take a 23-22 lead into halftime.

The second half was more of the same with neither team building more than a three-point advantage until the final three minutes. A layup by Voelkel with 3:01 remaining in the game knotted the game up at 49-49. Papale answered with a 3-pointer on BU's next trip down the floor to give the Terriers a three point lead, one which they would hang on to the rest of the way.

The Catamounts cut the lead to one after a pair of free throws from Rugg at the 2:29 mark, but Papale drained another 3-pointer with 1:32 left to put Boston U up four, 55-15. The Terriers made seven of eight free throws in the final 1:14 to hold onto the win.

The Terriers shot 44.4 percent from the field in the second half and 39.3 percent for the game. Boston U also went 5-for-11 from 3-point range in the second stanza. Vermont finished the game shooting 36.7 percent from the floor.

Vermont returns to action on Friday (Feb. 15) when it travels to Stony Brook. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Pritchard Gymnasium and will be broadcast on ESPN3. The game can also be heard on ESPN 101.3 FM and online at 1013ESPN.com. UVM won the first meeting between the two teams, coming away with an 81-73 victory at Patrick Gymnasium on Jan. 18.

Courtesy: Vermont Athletics

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