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Hoopcats bounce back against Maine

Wednesday, February 20th

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sandro Carissimo led four Catamounts in double figures with a game-high 16 points and Brian Voelkel added a double-double with 10 assists and matched his career-high with 16 rebounds as Vermont used a strong second half finish to post a 73-61 win over Maine at Patrick Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

Vermont improves to 17-9 overall and 10-4 in America East, while Maine falls to 11-16 on the year and 6-8 in league play. The Catamounts also improved to 9-3 at Patrick Gym this season and 33-7 at home in conference games dating back to the 2008-09 season.

Voelkel became the first Catamount since Grant Anderson '03 posted a triple double (11 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) against Northeastern (Jan. 8, 2003) to record double-digits in rebounds and assists.  Clancy Rugg bounced back from a scoreless game against Stony Brook to score 14 points and grab six rebounds.  Luke Apfeld chipped in 13 points and freshman Brendan Kilpatrick came off the bench to net a career-high 12 points in 15 minutes of action.

Zarko Valjarevic paced the Black Bears with 14 points, while Alasdair Fraser and Xavier Pollard added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

A pair of free throws by Kilpatrick at the 12:49 mark of the second half gave Vermont a 46-44 edge. Maine responded with an 11-1 run and built an eight-point lead with 9:31 remaining in the game.

The Catamounts held the Black Bears to just six points over the next eight minutes and rattled off a 26-6 run to erase the deficit and go on to post its 10th win in conference play.

Vermont jumped out to a 10-5 lead after a basket by Apfeld to open the game, but the Black Bears bounced back with a 12-4 spurt to take a three-point lead, 17-14, with 9:40 left in the half. UVM used a 16-7 run to close the half and took a 30-26 advantage into the locker room.

The Catamounts, who scored just 48 points in the previous game at Stony Brook, registered 43-second half points against the Black Bears. UVM shot 50 percent from the field in the second stanza and went 15-for-16 from the line in frame. UVM was 23-for-26 from the strip for the game.

Maine shot 40 percent from the floor in the game, but was out rebounded 40-27 overall and 14-8 on the offensive glass.

Vermont returns to action on Saturday (Feb. 23) when it hosts Canisius at 1 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event.

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