Vermont men’s basketball entered Tuesday night’s game at No. 7 Virginia having never beaten a top-ten ranked team.
UVM lost a back-and-forth battle to the Cavaliers 61-55, but the Catamounts got very close to their first win over a top-ten squad.
Anthony Lamb had a monster night for the Cats. He put up 30 points and grabbed four rebounds while sinking a career-high seven 3-pointers.
The Catamounts opened the game on a 7-0 run, but Virginia answered with a 14-0 run to lead 14-7 over UVM with 9:25 left in the first half.
Anthony Lamb splashed in a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the halftime horn to keep the Cats within range, trailing UVA 24-18.
Lamb was relentless from deep in the second half, but Virginia had an answer for most of his jaw-dropping shots.
Stef Smith contributed 13 points and a game-high six assists, but he and Lamb were the only UVM players to break into double-digit points.
Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite led the Cavaliers with 19 points while Kihei Clark and Braxton Key put up 15 and 14 points, respectively.
UVA improves to 4-0 while Vermont drops to 4-1.
The Catamounts will continue the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday, November 23 when they face Central Connecticut State at Mohegan Sun Arena at 7:30 p.m.