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A Senior Day Sweep

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Senior Sam Simononis led four players in double figures with a game-high 13 points as the Vermont Catamounts cruised to a 74-48 win over Binghamton on "Senior Day" at Patrick Gymnasium.

Vermont improves to 4-10 in America East and 7-20 overall. Binghamton falls to 1-13 in league play and 4-23 on the year.

Simononis added six rebound and four steals in her final home game at Patrick Gymnasium. Niki Taylor and Jordan Eisler chipped 12 points each and Kayla Burchill contributed 11 points to round out the leading scorers for the Catamounts. Senior Tonya Conley also added five assists and four rebounds in her final home appearance.

Sherae Swinson matched Simononis for game-high honors with 13 points to pace the Bearcats.

Vermont held a 26-24 lead at the 6:40 mark of the first half after a pair of Binghamton free throws. A jumper by Simononis on UVM's next possession sparked a 13-1 run and pushed Vermont's lead to 14 with 1:15 left in the half. The Catamounts took a 39-28 advantage into the locker room.

Binghamton cut the lead to nine in the opening minutes of the second half, but UVM responded with an 11-4 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Sam Simononis to extend Vermont's lead to 16, 54-38, with 9:54 remaining in the game.

The Catamounts held the Bearcats to one field goal and eight free throws over the final 8:45 of the contest. UVM maintained a 20-point lead over the final eight minutes of the game and snapped a seven-game losing streak with the victory.

UVM limited Binghamton to 20 second-half points and 20 percent shooting from the field in the second stanza. The Catamounts finished the game shooting 43.9 percent from the field and out scored Binghamton 32-18 in the paint. UVM also scored 22 points off 27 turnovers by the Bearcats.

Vermont closes out the regular season with a pair of road games at Stony Brook (Feb. 26), 12 p.m. and at Hartford (March 1).

Courtesy: UVM Athletic Department

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