BURLINGTON — Four Catamounts registered double figures as the University of Vermont men’s basketball team trounced Maine, 77-52, in America East action at Patrick Gym.
UVM extended its winning streak to a season-high eight games. The Catamounts stand at 18-6 overall and 8-1 in conference action.
Vermont forward Anthony Lamb scored a game-high 19 points after going 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. The senior also recorded five rebounds, two steals and one block. Teammate Stef Smith was 4 for 7 from beyond the arc en route to a 14-point performance. He dished out a team-high five assists.
Vermont’s Ryan Davis tallied 13 points behind 6-of-10 shooting performance from the floor. The 6-foot-8 forward pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Everett Duncan added 12 points for the cats. The captain made 3 of 6 attempts from 3-point range and grabbed five boards.
“It was a good win tonight in front of a great crowd and a great atmosphere,” Vermont coach John Becker said. “I thought the guys came out ready to play. We executed what we were trying to do and made eight 3s in the second half to push the lead out. We shared the ball well and were locked in all night.”
Duncan got the Catamounts going in the opening minutes with a pair of 3-pointers. Lamb and Davis added four early points each to give UVM an 18-11 lead at the midway point of the first half.
Vermont extended the lead to 27-13 with five minutes left in the opening frame. Maine attempted to claw back with back-to-back buckets, including a 3-pointer from Stephane Ingo, to pull to within nine points. Lamb sank four free throws down to give the Green and Gold a 33-22 lead at the break.
The Catamounts’ offense took off in the second half with a 19-4 run to open the period. Duncan drilled a 3-pointer while getting fouled and made the subsequent free throw for a four-point play. On the defensive end, UVM held Maine scoreless for 6:16 during the run.
Smith hit double figures with consecutive threes as the Cats continued to distance themselves from the Black Bears. Vermont’s Aaron Deloney contributed a pair of 3-pointers and Vermont extended the lead to 38 points. During the final minutes, Maine closed out the game with a 13-2 run. The Black Bears fall to 6-17 overall and 2-7 in the America East.
Vermont will travel to play Hartford at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Vermont 77, Maine 52
Antoms 0-2 0-0 0, Ingo 2-7 3-4 8, Larsson 3-7 4-4 11, Prijovic 4-10 2-2 11, El Darwich 5-12 2-2 12, Wright-McLeish 2-2 0-1 5, Okoh 1-4 2-2 5, Yagodin 0-0 0-0 0, Schildroth 0-1 0-0 0, Stumer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-46 13-15 52.