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Vermont guard Ben Shungu dribbles the ball during a men’s college basketball game in Burlington. The Catamounts will travel to play Binghamton at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The University of Vermont men’s basketball team will travel to play Binghamton at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a rematch of last year’s America East Semifinal.

The Cats are 11-6 overall and 1-1 in America East action. The Bearcats own a 7-9 record and are 1-2 against America East opponents.

Vermont opened league play with an 81-77 loss to Stony Brook before bouncing back with a 74-50 victory over UMBC. Binghamton suffered a 72-64 loss to Albany, earned a 79-75 win over UMBC and fell short against UMass-Lowell, 85-66.

Anthony Lamb averages 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists per game for the Cats and teammate Stef Smith averages 15 points and two assists. Vermont’s Ryan Davis, Ben Shungu and Everett Duncan have chipped in with an average of eight points a contest.

Binghamton lives by the 3-pointer, recording the 23rd most attempts (464) in the country. The Bearcats average nearly 10 long-range shots a game. Sam Sessoms leads the offense with 18 points per game. The sophomore has hit the 20-point mark four times in the last seven games, scoring 40 points against Boston University on Dec. 7. Brenton Mills is the highest-scoring rookie in the conference with 13 points per game. He averaged 18 points and five rebounds per game last week.

The Catamounts lead the all-time series with the Bearcats 33-8. Vermont has won the last nine meetings, marking the third-longest active winning streak against a conference opponent. UVM has beat Binghamton 19 out of the last 21 contests, dating back to 2010. Last year UVM swept BU, earning a 78-50 victory in Burlington before grinding out a 69-63 win in Vestal, N.Y.

UVM is 28-2 against New York schools since the start of the 2016-17 season. The run includes non-conference victories over Marist, Hofstra, Siena, St. Bonaventure and St. John’s. The pair of losses were against the Bonnies in 2017 and Stony Brook last Wednesday.

Vermont coach John Becker owns a 15-2 record against Binghamton during his nine-year tenure with the team. The pair of defeats were a 57-53 setback in 2012 and a 57-55 loss in 2015.

During last year’s conference semifinal, Smith recorded eight 3-pointers as the top-seeded Cats advanced to their fourth-straight conference championship game with an 84-51 victory over No. 7 Binghamton. Smith finished with a career-high 28 points after going 10 of 14 from the floor and 8 of 11 from 3-point range.

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