Tuesday, November 18th
BURLINGTON, VT --- Senior Colin McIntosh led a balanced attack with 17 points and eight rebounds as the University of Vermont men's basketball team defeated Yale 89-58 on Tuesday night at Patrick Gym. Four different Cats reached double figures, as junior Maurice Joseph also went for 17 as Vermont moves to 1-1 on the year.
The Catamounts got out to a hot start, leading by 16 at the break and didn't look back. Senior Mike Trimboli added 16 points and seven assists, while sophomore Joey Accaoui went for 10 points off the bench.
"I'm happy for our guys because I think we've gotten better with each game, and now we finally got a win. I'm glad Colin can finally feel good, because he has played well all year. Marqus (Blakely) scared us by getting into foul trouble early, but the guys did a good job and I think it is important for them and our coaching staff to know if he does get in foul trouble we are capable of playing well at least for a while without him," said Vermont head coach Mike Lonergan.
Vermont jumped out to an 18-10 lead with 13:42 to go in the first half on a three by Accaoui. Yale's Alex Zampier would hit a short jumper to cut the Cats' lead to four at 22-18, before Vermont opened the game up with an 21-3 run over the next 6:36 to take a comfortable 42-21 advantage.
With junior Marqus Blakely on the bench for much of the first half with foul trouble, McIntosh paced the Cats with 12 in the spurt. Vermont would lead by as many as 22, but the Bulldogs scored the final six points of the half to cut it to 45-29 heading into the locker room.
The Cats shot a sizzling 66.7 percent in the first half, including a stretch where they made 18 of their 21 attempts after starting the game 2-for-6 from the floor.
Yale (0-2, 0-0 Ivy) cut the Vermont lead to 14 at 51-37 on a free throw by Garrett Fiddler with 15:25 to go, but the Catamounts would score the next seven to push it back 21. Junior Nick Vier and Trimboli each hit jumpers and Joseph capped it off with a three from the corner.
Leading 60-41, Vermont would put the game out of reach with a 13-2 run that gave the Cats a 30-point lead with 7:19 left. UVM would lead by as many as 34 at 87-53 with 3:05 remaining.
Ross Morin led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Fiddler chipped in with 11, as they were the only players to reach double figures for Yale. UVM also got eight points from both Vier and Blakely on the night.
Vermont held a 37-23 rebounding edge and forced Yale to commit 27 turnovers for the contest. The Cats shot over 50 percent (53.8%) for the second straight time this year as well.
Vermont is back in action on Friday night as the Cats travel to face Maryland in their first road game of the season starting at 8 p.m.
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