Sandro Carissimo scored a career-high 30 points and Brian Voelkel became the third player in program history to reach 1,000-career rebounds, but the Harvard Crimson outlasted the Vermont Catamounts, 74-68 in non-conference men's basketball action on Saturday. Vermont falls to 4-8 overall, while Harvard improves to 10-1 on the season.
Carissimo, who netted a career-high 25 points in UVM's win over Harvard last season, was 11-for-19 from the field and 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Clancy Rugg added 10 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh career double-double.
Siyani Chambers scored a team-high 27 points to pace the Crimson and was a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc.
"I thought guys gave a gritty effort tonight," said Vermont head coach John Becker. "We got off to a slow start but stayed poised and battled back and got the lead in the second half. We just weren't able to hold on. I was pleased with the guys, we've come a long way in the last six days. Not happy with the outcome but happy with the effort."
The Crimson raced out to a 23-8 lead in the first 10 minutes of the contest. Luke Apfeld was able to halt Harvard's momentum, scoring seven straight points to cut the lead to 11, 26-15 with 9:18 remaining in the half.
The Crimson led 31-20 on a basket by Kyle Casey at the 7:07 mark, but the Catamounts put together an 11-5 run to close the half and cut the deficit to five, 36-31, as the teams headed into halftime.
Vermont opened the second half with a 16-9 run to take a 47-45 lead at the 12:16 mark. Carissimo hit a 3-pointer to cut Harvard's lead to one at the 12:58 mark, Voelkel grabbed his 1,000th career rebound on the defensive end of the floor, and Carissimo drained another 3-pointer at the 12:16 mark to put the Catamounts in front for the first time since the opening basket of the game.
Vermont's lead grew to three at the 11:05 mark, 48-45, but Harvard was able to push back out in front with a 13-0 run and held a 58-48 lead with 6:47 left in the contest.
UVM kept within striking distance, but the Crimson were able to hold off the Catamounts by making 12 free throws in the final two minutes as Vermont tried to extend the game.
Vermont returns to action on December 30 when it hosts Lyndon State at 7 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium.
Courtesy: Vermont Athletics
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