Freshman Ethan O'Day scored a career-high 22 points to lead five Catamounts in double figures as Vermont posted an 87-79 victory over Canisius at Patrick Gymnasium in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event.
Vermont, which scored a season-high 87 points, moves to 18-9 overall. The Catamounts also improve to 5-3 in BracketBuster games and 4-0 in the event at home. Canisius falls to 17-11 on the season.
Vermont led 22-17 at the 7:54 mark of the first half after two straight baskets by O'Day, but Alshwan Hymes scored eight straight points for the Golden Griffins to push them in front 25-22 with 5:49 remaining in the stanza.
The Catamounts answered with an 11-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from Trey Blue to take an eight-point lead with 1:45 left in the half and the Catamounts went into the locker room with a 38-30 advantage.
A basket by Hymes at the 11:16 mark of the second half trimmed UVM's lead to seven, but Vermont responded once again and a scored seven quick points in a minute span and used a 12-4 run to extend its lead to 15, 68-53 with 7:35 showing on the clock. Clancy Rugg started the spurt with a 3-pointer and O'Day and Brian Voelkel each converted fast break layups on consecutive possessions to give the Catamounts some added energy.
The Golden Griffins out scored UVM 18-8 over the next six minutes to climb back within five, 76-71, with 1:13 remaining in the game, but Vermont closed the game out with an 11-for-14 effort from the foul line over the final 1:08 as Cansisus tried to extend the game.
O'Day finished the game shooting 9-for-13 from the field and added four rebounds. Rugg and Blue each added 17 points, while Apfeld netted 14 points and Carissimo chipped in 10 points.
Vermont shot 57.8 percent for the game and matched its season high with eight 3-pointers to shoot 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Catamounts also went 27-for-31 from the foul line.
Harold Washington led all scorers with 29 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Hymes added 15 points and five rebounds and Billy Baron (12 points) and Isaac Sosa (11 points) rounded out the leading scorers for Canisius.
Vermont returns to America East action on Thursday (Feb. 28) when the Catamounts travel to Binghamton for a 7 p.m. game at the Events Center.
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