The Vermont Catamounts out scored Binghamton 16-6 in overtime to outlast the Bearcats and post a 92-82 victory in the America East Regular Season finale at the Events Center on Sunday.
Vermont closes the regular season with a 15-1 league mark and moves to 21-9 overall. UVM extends its win streak to 10 and has won 17 of its last 18 games.
The Catamounts will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament and will face No. 8 New Hampshire in the first quarterfinal. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. on Saturday (March 8) at SEFCU Arena on the campus of the University at Albany.
Binghamton finishes the regular season with a 4-12 mark in America East and is 7-22 overall. The Bearcats are the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Hartford in the quarterfinals.
"This was a tough road win today. It was a choppy game and we found a way to win," said Vermont head coach John Becker.
Clancy Rugg led the Catamounts, matching his career-high with 24 points. He went 19-for-21 from the foul line in the game and added 10 rebounds for his eighth career double-double.
Sandro Carissimo added 20 points and was 8-for-10 from the line, while Brian Voelkel netted a season-high 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists.
Jordan Reed scored 30 points and added 14 rebounds to lead the Bearcats. Reed reached 30 points for the second straight game after pouring in 33 in an overtime loss to Hartford on Thursday. Yosef Yacob chipped in 22 points.
UVM held a 27-24 lead at the 5:50 mark of the first half, but the Bearcats scored eight straight points to take a 30-27 lead and out scored Vermont 15-5 over the final 5:40 of the half to take a 37-32 advantage into the break.
Binghamton looked as though it might pull out the win as the Bearcats led for much of the second half and were up six with 2:09 remaining in the game. After Yacob made a pair of free throws to give the Bearcats the six-point advantage, Carissimo answered with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three. Roland Brown made a pair of free throws to push Binghamton's advantage to five with 1:43 remaining in the game.
The Catamounts rallied as Rugg and Voelkel converted back-to-back three-point plays to push Vermont ahead 76-75 with 41 seconds left on the clock. Reed was fouled with 24 seconds left, but only made one of the two free throws and the game went into overtime.
In Vermont's first overtime game of the season, Rugg took over, scoring 12 of his 24 points in the extra session. He scored the first basket of overtime to give UVM a 78-76 lead and the Catamounts would not trail the rest of the way.
Vermont shot 36.4 percent from the floor in the first half, but bounced back to shoot 58.3 percent in the second stanza and finished the game shooting 49 percent. The Catamounts limited Binghamton to 34.6 percent shooting for the game.
The two teams combined for 95 free throw attempts as 65 fouls were called in the contest. UVM went 36-for-46 (78.3%) for the game, 12-for-14 in overtime, while Binghamton was 40-for-49 (81.6%) from the stripe.
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