fall at Vermont 74-54
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.
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.