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Bearcats fall at Vermont 74-54

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BURLINGTON, Vt.--Host Vermont (15-9, 8-3 AE) shot 61% in the second half and used a 14-2 run in a 5:16 span midway through the period to pull away from visiting Binghamton (11-11, 6-6 AE) in an America East Conference game Wednesday night at Patrick Gymnasium. The loss was the third straight and fourth in the last five games for Binghamton, while the Catamounts won at home for the 23rd time in the last 25 games.

UVM sophomore forward Taylor Coppenrath scored 10 of his game-high 28 points during the second-half run, and Vermont enjoyed a sizeable advantage on the glass, outrebounding Binghamton 43-26 on the evening. Fifteen of those rebounds came on the offensive end as the Bearcats were outrebounded for the fifth straight outing, a stretch during which the team is 1-4. The margin of defeat for the Bearcats was due in large part to the absence of seven-foot sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska), who was mired in foul trouble the entire game. Billings picked up three fouls in the first half, and played just six minutes in the second period before fouling out with 7:28 remaining. Senior forward Jeffrey St. Fort (Miami, Fla.) drained a three-pointer with 6:37 to play that cut the deficit to 60-48, but the Catamounts closed the game with a 14-6 run.

St. Fort and senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa.) each led the Bearcats with 13 points. Green netted 11 of his 13 points in the opening stanza, but attempted just one field goal in the second half. Prior to fouling out, Billings tallied 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. He scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and is averaging 14.8 points during that stretch.

Binghamton trailed 32-30 at the half and have now rallied just once in 26 games over the past two seasons when facing a deficit at the intermission.

"We did a nice job in the first half," Binghamton head coach Al Walker said. "However, we didn't have the energy level in the second half to beat a good team at their place. When Nick got in foul trouble, it took the wind out of our sail. In the second half Vermont's entire team played a heck of a lot better than we did."

Binghamton returns home on Saturday for a 1 p.m. matchup with the Maine Black Bears. Maine defeated the Bearcats 79-64 in Orono earlier this season.

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