Vermont Rolls Past Maine in America East Men's Basketball, 83-46

Vermont Rolls Past Maine in America East Men's Basketball, 83-46

Ethan O'Day scored a game-high 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench to lead the Vermont Catamounts to an 83-46 victory over the Maine Black Bears in America East Men's Basketball at the Cross Insurance Center on Thursday.
BANGOR, Maine - Ethan O'Day scored a game-high 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench to lead the Vermont Catamounts to an 83-46 victory over the Maine Black Bears in America East Men's Basketball at the Cross Insurance Center on Thursday.

Vermont, which began a stretch of three games in five days against the Black Bears, has won five straight and six of its last seven games. UVM improves to 3-0 in America East and moves to 9-8 overall. Maine drops its third straight game and falls to 3-13 on the season and 1-3 in league play.

"Tonight was a great team effort. Our defense and overall intensity were very good. Our bench did a great job tonight," said Vermont head coach John Becker.

The Catamounts raced out to a 21-5 lead at the 11:08 mark and stretched the advantage to 22 points with 8:18 remaining in the first half. Vermont took a 37-20 lead into halftime after shooting 57.1 percent from the floor and holding Maine to 33.3 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.

Vermont carried its momentum into the second half, out scoring the Black Bears 46-26. The Catamounts finished the game shooting 57.9 percent from the floor and dished out 20 assists on 33 field goals.

Hector Harold and Kurt Steidl added 10 points each and 12 of the 13 Catamounts that played scored in the game. The UVM bench accounted for 50 of UVM's 83 points.

Garet Beal paced Maine with nine points off the bench.

Vermont travels to Baltimore, Md. to face UMBC on Saturday (Jan. 18). Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the RAC. The game can be heard on ESPN 101.3 FM (online: 1013ESPN.com) with A.J. Kanell on the call. The game can also be seen for free at AmericaEast.tv.

NOTES: Vermont improves to 13-2 against Maine in the last 15 meetings and has won six of the last seven contests ... John Becker improves to 5-1 against the Black Bears ... The Catamounts moved to 19-1 when holding opponents under 60 points over the last two seasons and are 6-0 this season ... UVM also improved to 75-4 when scoring 80 points or more points, 3-0 in 2013-14 ... Vermont moved to 6-1 when the bench scores 19 or more points, tonight the UVM bench accounted for 50 points ... The Catamounts also remained unbeaten when they score 17 more more points off turnovers, UVM netted 23 points off Maine 21 turnovers ... UVM moved to 40-11 in America East games during the career of the senior class.

---Courtesy: UVM Athletics
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