Hoopcats Hammer Hartford

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The UVM men's basketball team had five players in double figures as they dominated Hartford 81-62 Saturday night at Patrick Gym. The win pushed Vermont to 13-4 on the year, 3-0 in America East play.

Anthony Lamb led the way with 21 points and Ernie Duncan added 16 as the Cats avenged a stunning loss at Patrick last February. In that game, Hartford beat UVM 69-68 to end a 22-game home win streak and conference win streaks of more than 30 games each.

UVM emphasized all week that this game didn't carry any more weight than any other conference home game, but given the context of last year's game and the way the Hawks celebrated at Patrick, that was a little hard to believe.

After the game, head coach John Becker let on a little bit more than the players were willing to, pointing out that the Cats were able to use it as a positive source of motivation.

"You know really channeling that energy and emotion into concentration, that's what we've been able to do," Becker said. "And the longer I've been a coach and the more experience I get, I can help these guys. It's an emotional game, but you can't get caught up in the wrong kind of emotions and at times in the past we've probably done that. We're just trying to stay as focused and play with emotion, but not emotional."

Vermont is back in action Wednesday night at New Hampshire.