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University of Vermont men’s basketball coach John Becker watches the action during a game earlier this season.

CATONSVILLE, Md. – Four players reached double figures for the Vermont men’s basketball team during a 74-50 win at UMBC.

Everett Duncan scored a game-high 15 points for UVM and was 6 of 6 at the foul line. He made a trio of 3-pointers and grabbed six boards. Teammate Stef Smith chipped in with 14 points, four boards and two assists. Vermont’s Anthony Lamb contributed 12 points and seven boards, while Ben Shungu recorded a season-high 11 points in the victory.

“We’ve been trying to establish some depth all season-long and I thought our rotations were really good today,” Vermont coach John Becker said. “When we’re playing well, we’re holding teams to 50 points or less and have four or five guys scoring double figures.”

UVM improves to 34-7 all-time against UMBC and has won 24 out of the last 27 meetings. The Catamounts (11-6) jumped out to an 11-1 advantage in the opening 4:16, fueled by four points apiece from Everett Duncan and Daniel Giddens.

UVM kept its double-digit lead for the next six minutes until UMBC closed the gap to 20-18 with 8:10 left in the first half. Duncan netted five of his team’s next seven points to give UVM a 10-point lead. The Retrievers responded with a 9-0 run and trailed 35-29 entering halftime.

The Retrievers hung around to start the second half and it was still a two-possession game by the first media timeout. The Cats exploded for eight unanswered points before UMBC’s Ricky Council III made a deep 3-pointer. Vermont countered with another big run, pulling ahead 61-42 with seven minutes left to play. Vermont’s defense never let UMBC draw any closer than 16 points the rest of the way.

The Catamounts will host Binghamton at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Vermont 74, UMBC 50

VERMONT (11-6)

Smith 5-12 2-2 14, E.Duncan 3-7 6-6 15, Lamb 4-9 2-2 12, R.Duncan 2-2 0-1 5, Shungu 5-7 0-1 11, Davis 2-9 0-0 4, Powell 3-6 0-1 6, Giddens 2-3 1-2 5, Patella 0-0 2-2 2, Deloney 0-0 0-0 0, Beckett 0-0 0-0 0, Demuth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-55 13-17 74.

UMBC (7-11)

Horvath 5-9 2-3 14, Owens 1-7 2-2 4, Jackson 1-9 0-0 2, Eytle-Rock 2-5 4-5 9, Akin 2-5 0-1 4, Spasojevic 5-7 3-4 13, Council 1-4 0-0 3, Kennedy 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 1-2 1, Schwietz 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-48 12-17 50. Halftime—Vermont 35-29. 3-Point Goals—Vermont 9-28 (E.Duncan 3-7, Lamb 2-6, Smith 2-7, R.Duncan 1-1, Shungu 1-3, Powell 0-1, Davis 0-3), UMBC 4-16 (Horvath 2-3, Council 1-2, Eytle-Rock 1-3, Kennedy 0-1, Owens 0-3, Jackson 0-4). Rebounds—Vermont 38 (Lamb, Powell 7), UMBC 28 (Eytle-Rock 6). Assists—Vermont 12 (Smith, Lamb, Shungu, Powell, Giddens 2), UMBC 10 (Jackson 7). Total Fouls—Vermont 15, UMBC 16. A—2,004 (5,000).

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