The Vermont Catamounts are bound for the big dance.
No. 1 UVM avenged last year’s title game loss to UMBC by trouncing the No. 3 Retrievers in a 66-49 win in the America East championship Saturday morning at Patrick Gym.
The Catamounts led from start to finish, but UMBC stayed within range for the first half. Vermont jumped out to a 7-2 lead, and then KJ Jackson wrangled a loose ball and returned it on the other end for a dunk to cut the lead to three points.
Following that bucket, Anthony Lamb answered with a layup on a very consistent night of shooting for the Rochester, N.Y. native.
Lamb helped the Cats pull away as he orchestrated a 28-point, 9-rebound performance. Stef Smith followed Lamb in the points column with 17 of his own and eight boards.
The title game win is the seventh America East crown in program history for UVM, and the first NCAA tournament bid since 2017.
Vermont will find out its region and opponent in the big dance in the NCAA selection show on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.