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Hoopcats Bounce Back to Earn Split with Albany

Vermont pulls away late to get back to .500
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 1:21 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The UVM men’s basketball team responded to Saturday’s disappointment by jumping out to a second half lead and held on for a 74-66 win Sunday afternoon at Patrick Gym. With the victory, the Cats are back at .500 at 3-3 in America East play.

Things didn’t get off to the best start for Vermont in this one: Albany rode hot shooting from Antonio Rizzuto and C.J. Kelly to take a 19-12 edge at the midway point of the first half. But Benny Shungu led the Cats back, connecting on all of his six field goal and three free throw attempts for 17 points over the first 20 minutes to even the game at 39-39.

Vermont would jump out and score the first eight points of the second half, but a 5:30 scoring drought nearly did them in. When Rizzuto connected from deep with 7:07 to play, UVM’s lead was down to just two points.

But the Cats got just what they needed from Ryan Davis and Justin Mazzulla to pull away late for the 74-66 win.

Vermont will return to action Saturday at Binghamton.

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