Tuesday, January 2nd
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The UVM men's basketball team opened 2018 with a 62-56 win at Harvard on Tuesday night. Vermont improves to 9-5 on the season.
In their first game since star sophomore forward Anthony Lamb suffered a foot injury, Payton Henson registered a team-high 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the field. Drew Urquhart, in the starting lineup in place of Lamb, hit three of four three point attempts and finished with 11 points. Trae Bell-Haynes added 11 points and Ernie Duncan had nine, all from three point range. Overall, Vermont hit 10-of-18 three point tries. Bell-Haynes and Duncan tied for the team lead with five rebounds apiece.
Chris Lewis led Harvard with 14 points. Seth Towns was the lone other Crimson player in double figures with 13.
Harvard jumped out to a 7-2 lead through the opening three minutes and forced the Catamounts to play catch-up. With 7:44 remaining in the period, Urquhart sank a triple from the top the arc and gave UVM an 18-16 lead, its first since scoring the first bucket of the game.
After Harvard tied the score on its next trip down the floor, Henson hit a jumper and Duncan connected from downtown as the Cats held a 23-18 advantage with five minutes left in the period. The Crimson fought back and retook the lead in the final two minutes, but Henson drained a fade away jumper with five ticks left on the clock at whittled the deficit to 31-30 at the break.
In the second half, the two rivals kept the score within a one-possession game until the eight-minute media timeout. UVM used back-to-back long balls from Duncan and Urquhart to build a seven-point lead at the 7:29 mark. Harvard closed the gap with a 12-6 run and drew within 57-56 with 48 seconds left after Towns put back an offensive rebound.
Henson put the game away for the Catamounts with a two-handed slam and made the ensuing free throw after getting fouled on the dunk with 22 seconds remaining in the clock.
Vermont will open America East play at UMass Lowell on Thursday (Jan. 4). The opening tip is set for 7 pm.
Courtesy: UVM Sports Information