O'Day Leads Vermont Past UMass Lowell for Fifth Straight Win, 83-58

Published 02/12 2014 10:38PM

Updated 02/12 2014 11:10PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sophomore Ethan O'Day scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the first half to lead the Vermont Catamounts to an 83-58 win over UMass Lowell in America East men's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium on Wednesday.

The Catamounts improved to 10-1 in America East and 16-9 overall. Vermont earned its fifth straight win and has won 12 of its last 13 games. UMass Lowell fell to 8-16 on the year and 6-6 in league play.

UVM trailed 7-6 at the 17:27 mark, but used a 13-2 run, over a span of 3:47 and eight points from O'Day, to take a 19-9 lead and never looked back.

The River Hawks climbed back within five, 23-18, with 9:39 remaining in the half, but Vermont used another 13-0 spurt to push its lead to 18 with just over five minutes left in the stanza.

Sandro Carissimo capped the first 20 minutes with a half-court shot at the horn to give UVM a 49-22 lead at the break.

Vermont shot 56.3 percent in the first half and limited UMass Lowell to seven field goals and 30.4 percent shooting.

The Catamounts made their first five shots of the second half and saw its lead grew to 31 with 7:11 left in the contest. Vermont cruised the rest of the way to remain unbeaten at home in America East games (5-0).

Carissimo finished the night with 13 points and Candon Rusin added 14 points. Brian Voelkel added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Akeem Williams scored a game-high 22 points to pace the River Hawks.

Vermont closes out a three-game homestand hosting UMBC at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 15). Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game as the Catamounts will be wearing special pink uniforms for the Rally For Cancer/Play 4 Kay initiative the UVM Athletic Department supports each year. The game worn jerseys are being auctioned off online at auction.uvmathletics.com. Proceeds will go to the Vermont Cancer Center.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com/tickets, in person at the UVM Athletic Ticket Office located in Patrick Gymnasium (M-F: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), via the phone at 802-656-4410, or in person one hour before tipoff in the Patrick Gymnasium Lobby.

The game can be heard on ESPN 101.3 FM (online: 1013ESPN.com) and seen online via CatamounTV.com for free in HD.

NOTES: Tonight was just the second meeting between the two teams as UMass Lowell is the newest member of America East and transitioning from Division II to Division I ... The Catamounts swept the season series ... UVM improved to 25-1 when holding opponents under 60 points over the last two years and is 12-0 this season ... The Catamounts are 77-4 when scoring 80 points or more since the 2000-01 season ... Vermont is 11-2 when the bench scores 19 or more points (25 tonight) ... UVM is 17-4 when Candon Rusin scores 10 or more points in a game ... He has reached double figures in five straight games and is averaging 13.2 points per game during that stretch ... UVM has allowed an America East opponent to score more than 60 points just twice in the last 11 games ... Brian Voelkel played in his 126th consecutive game tonight, tying the UVM record for consecutive games played which is held by Martin Klimes (2003-07) ... Vermont improved to 118-31 at Patrick Gymnasium since the 2002-03 season and is 58-15 at home over the last five seasons ... UVM is 71-22 in America East since 2008-09 and 39-9 at home in league games ... O'Day was three shy of his career high of 21 points (vs. Binghamton, 1/26/14).
--Courtesy UVM Athletics

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