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Catamounts Cruise Past Maine in Men's Basketball, 93-65

Sandro Carissimo scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as four Catamounts reached double figures in a 93-65 victory over visiting Maine on Wednesday in America East men's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sandro Carissimo scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as four Catamounts reached double figures in a 93-65 victory over visiting Maine on Wednesday in America East men's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium.

Vermont, which has won 11 of its last 12 games, improves to 9-1 in America East and 15-9 overall. Maine falls to 5-17 overall and 3-7 in league play.

Carissimo missed just one shot on the night, going 8-for-9 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Clancy Rugg added 15 points and six rebounds, while Ethan O'Day grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and added 12 points. Candon Rusin chipped in 10 points in 14 minutes.

Zarko Valjarevic led three Black Bears in double figures with 19 points, including a 4-for-5 effort from 3-point range.

Valjarevic hit a 3-pointer at the 9:19 mark of the first half to tie the score up, 26-26. Vermont responded with a 17-4 run, sparked by Rugg's first 3-pointer of the year, to break open the game and push out to a 43-30 lead with 3:46 remaining in the half.

The Catamounts' lead would grow to 18 following a three-point play from Brian Voelkel and a basket by Carissimo. UVM took a 51-33 lead into the break.

UVM made three of its first four baskets coming out of halftime and its lead would balloon to 38 on a jumper by Kurt Steidl at the 11:13 mark of the second half. The Catamounts cruised the rest of the way to their third straight win.

Vermont finished the game shooting 60.3 percent from the field, 67.7 percent in the first half alone, and went 8-for-18 from 3-point range. The Black Bears shot 42.1 percent from the floor and were 10-for-21 from beyond the arc.

Vermont continues a three-game homestand on February 12 when it hosts America East newcomer UMass Lowell at Patrick Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tickets to the game can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com/tickets, in person at the UVM Athletic Ticket Office 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.

NOTES: Prior to the game, Sandro Carissimo and Brian Voelkel were honored for reaching milestones in UVM's win over Albany on Saturday ... Carissimo became the 31st Catamount to reach the 1,000-point plateau and Voelkel became UVM's all-time leader in assists ... The Catamounts collected 10 blocks, with Ethan O'Day and Dre Wills picking up for each ... UVM's 93 points and 51 first-half points are the most this season by the Catamounts ...Vermont improved to 76-4 when scoring 80 points or more since the 2000-01 season ... The Catamounts are 10-2 when the bench scores 19 or more points (30 vs. Maine) and are 8-0 when scoring 17 or more points off turnovers (23 vs. Maine) ... UVM improved to 16-4 when Candon Rusin scores 10 or more points.
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