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Catamounts Beat Binghamton at Home & on the Road

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Sophomore Ethan O'Day scored a season-high 21 points, one shy of his career-high, to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 72-39 victory over visiting Binghamton in America East Men's Basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium on Sunday evening.

Vermont has won eight of its last nine games and improves to 6-1 in America East and 12-9 overall. Binghamton falls to 1-6 in league play and 4-16 on the season.

O'Day, who made his second start of the year, poured in 16 of his 21 points in the first half to outscore the entire Binghamton squad as the Catamounts led 38-13 at the break. 

Vermont shot 50 percent from the field and held the Bearcats to 23.8 shooting in the first 20 minutes.

Binghamton scored the first basket of the game, but that was the only lead it would have the rest of the way.  A 3-pointer by Kurt Steidl with 3:49 remaining gave UVM a 31-9 lead.

The Catamounts would extend their advantage to 33 points in the opening minutes of the second half and cruised to their fifth win at Patrick Gymnasium this season.

Candon Rusin added 16 points, making four of five shots from 3-point range, and Luke Apfeld came off the bench to chip in 10 points.

Yosef Yacob netted 10 points to pace the Bearcats.

Vermont travels to Hartford on Wednesday (Jan. 29) to round out the first half of the America East schedule.

Freshman Kristina White came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points, including a 5-for-7 effort from behind the arc, to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 65-57 win over Binghamton in America East women's basketball action.

Vermont improves to 6-14 overall and 3-4 in America East. Binghamton falls to 4-16 on the year and 1-6 in league play.

Niki Taylor added 14 points and five rebounds and Kaylea Britton chipped in 10 points and six rebounds for Vermont.  Sam Simononis returned to the court after missing nine games and added five rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

Morgan Murphy scored a team-high 14 points and added six rebounds to pace the Bearcats.

"I'm so proud of the effort we put forth tonight. It was particularly tough without our leading scorer Kayla Burchill (injury). Our team dug in and everyone stepped up a little bit to make up for her absence. I thought our pressure defense was really good and kept them out of rhythm," said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride.

The Catamounts, who led wire-to-wire, made seven of their first 10 shots to start the game, building a 15-7 lead at the 13:44 mark.  The Bearcats trimmed the lead to five, but UVM answered with a 14-5 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Jordan Eisler to push out to a 14-point advantage with under five minutes remaining in the half.

Vermont took a 34-22 lead into halftime after shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and limiting the Bearcats to seven field goals and 25.9 percent shooting.

Binghamton opened the second half with a 12-5 run to climb back within five, 39-34, at the 16:32 mark, but that was as close as the Bearcats could get the rest of the way.

UVM answered with a 10-2 run, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from White, to push out to a 49-36 advantage.  Vermont maintained the double-digit lead until the final three minutes.  The Bearcats cut the lead to single digits, but another 3-pointer by White at the 2:58 mark helped seal the win for the Catamounts.

Vermont finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the field and went 8-for-16 from 3-point range.  UVM out rebounded Binghamton 44-30 and out scored the Bearcats 24-18 in the paint.

Vermont hosts Hartford on Wednesday (Jan. 29) as the first half of the America East schedule wraps up.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium.

Courtesy:  UVM Athletic Department

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