Release: February 18, 2007
men's basketball falls at Vermont 71-61
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sophomore point guard Mike Trimboli netted a game-high 27 points to lead host Vermont (21-13, 13-1 America East) to a 71-61 win over Binghamton (11-15, 4-10 America East) in an America East Conference men's basketball game Sunday afternoon from sold-out Patrick Gym. With the win, the Catamounts clinched the regular season title and the top seed for the upcoming conference tournament.
The Catamounts scored the game's first basket and never relinquished the lead, winning for the ninth straight time and 16th in their last 17 games. The score was tied 49-49 with 6:44 left, but Vermont outscored BU 22-12 to end the game, with Trimboli collecting 10 of his points during the final stretch.
"We didn't shoot it very well but we played very hard," head coach Al Walker said. "We just needed a few more stops. It was a strong basketball game."
Freshman forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) had 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds - his second straight double-double. Junior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.), senior guard Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) and junior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) added 10 points apiece. Freshman forward Minja Kovacevic (Belgrade, Serbia) chipped in a season-high eight rebounds.
Vermont senior center Chris Holm picked up 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Catamounts scored 28 points in the paint to overcome 37% shooting.
Both teams struggled in the first half, as Vermont shot just 29% and BU converted only 36%. The teams combined to hit just 2-of-16 three-point attempts. The Catamounts scored their final eight points from the free throw line and led 25-21 at the break.
Binghamton plays at New Hampshire at 7 p.m. on February 20.
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