LEWISBURG, Pa. – Ryan Davis registered his first career double-double and Anthony Lamb tallied 20 points as Vermont (2-0) held off Bucknell (1-1) for a 66-63 victory on Sunday at Sojka Pavilion.
“We have a lot to work on offensively, but we found a way to get the win,” Vermont coach John Becker said. “Defensively, Everett Duncan was tremendous. And Anthony Lamb came alive for us offensively in the second half. As a team, we hung in there and made the plays we had to on the defensive end.”
Bucknell built an 11-2 lead during the opening six minutes but the Catamounts clawed back. Davis dropped seven points to help tie the game at 17 before the midway point of the first half.
Vermont took its first lead of the game when Duncan Demuth drained a corner 3-pointer for a 25-24 advantage. John Meeks helped Bucknell erase the deficit and grab a 35-32 lead entering halftime.
The Green & Gold and Bison exchanged baskets early in the second half and eventually took its first lead of the frame with 14:55 remaining. Lamb’s jumper tied the game at 40. He followed that up with two more free throws for the lead. UVM led by seven points with 7:10 left on the clock, but Bucknell pulled within one with 3:26 remaining.
Lamb drilled his lone 3-pointer of the afternoon at the 2:34 mark as the Catamounts seized the lead for the final time. The Bison had possession with 26 seconds left, down by one, but Meeks stepped out of bounds to cause a key turnover.
Lamb racked up a game-high 20 points in 18 minutes of action as the senior ran into foul trouble early in the first half. The captain shot 7 of 15 from the floor and grabbed three boards. Davis recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds, including five offensive boards.
Ben Shungu and Everett Duncan also reached double-figures with 10 points apiece. Shungu added seven boards with six coming on defense. Everett Duncan shot 3 of 5 from the floor and nailed four free throws for the Catamounts.
Vermont will host Boston University at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Fans can also listen live on the Vermont Sports Network on 101.3 T
he Game or online at Catamounts All-Access.
VERMONT 66, BUCKNELL 63