Vermont senior Brian Voelkel recorded the first triple-double in America East Tournament history to help the top-seeded Vermont Catamounts post a 77-60 victory over No. 8 New Hampshire in the America East Quarterfinals at SEFCU Arena on the campus of the University at Albany.
Vermont improves to 22-9 overall. UVM extends its win streak to 11 straight and has won 18 of its last 19 games. New Hampshire ends the season with a record of 6-24.
Voelkel scored 10 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out 10 assists to record his first career triple-double the first at UVM since Grant Anderson '03 registered 11 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists in a win (89-81) over Northeastern (1/8/03). Clancy Rugg and Candon Rusin added 15 points each and Luke Apfeld and Sandro Carissimo chipped in 12 points apiece.
Patrick Konan scored a game-high 19 points to pace the Wildcats. Jordon Bronner added 14 points and Daniel Dion chipped in 10.
Vermont led 15-14 at the 10:34 mark of the first half, but the Wildcats used a 13-4 run to take an eight point advantage, 27-19, with 6:50 remaining in the half.
The Catamounts ramped up their defense and answered with a 16-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from Candon Rusin, to take a 35-27 lead into the lock room. UVM held the Wildcats without a field goal over the final 4:32 of the half.
Vermont extended its lead to 13 in the first five minutes of the second stanza. New Hampshire closed within nine twice, the final time with 7:15 left in the contest, but the Catamounts quickly pushed its lead back to double digits on a 3-pointer from Carissimo and a jumper by Apfeld and closed out the victory for the Vermont's 31st win in the America East Tournament.
Vermont finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field and shot 56.5 percent in the second half alone. The Wildcats shot 42.6 percent from the floor for the contest and were 10-for-22 from 3-point range (45.5%) for the game.
The Catamounts dominated the boards, out rebounding New Hampshire 40-19 and out scored UNH 28-16 in the paint, while adding 21 second-chance points.
Vermont advances to the semifinals for the fifth straight season, 12th time in 13 years and 15th time in program history.
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