Release: February 28, 2010
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermont (22-9, 12-4 AE) used a late 7-0 run to hold off visiting Binghamton (13-18, 8-8 AE) 78-69 in the regular season finale for both teams Sunday afternoon from Patrick Gym.
The Bearcats whittled a 10-point halftime deficit to four, 67-63, with 3:24 remaining before three BU turnovers in 36 seconds led to seven straight Vermont points and a 74-63 margin with 2:00 left. The key sequence began when junior guard Chretien Lukusa blocked a layup attempt by Vermont standout Marqus Blakely with 2:48 left and Vermont ahead 67-63. But Maurice Joseph grabbed the offensive rebound and converted the layup for the Catamounts. Blakely then spun around and stole the inbounds pass and Garvey Young's uncontested layup pushed Vermont's lead to nine, 72-63. The Bearcats drew no closer than eight the rest of the way.
"We had small mental mistakes that you can't have," interim head coach Mark Macon said in reference to the key turnovers late in the game. "But we played a valliant game and tried to stay in there. At times our offense was stagnant and Vermont played well and did what they are supposed to do. I thought we kept their crowd out of the game for the most part. But fouling out two key guys (Wright and Jabbi) was tough."
Freshman Dylan Talley notched a game-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Talley also had a team-high four assists in 29 minutes. Junior forward Moussa Camara added 17 points - the 11th straight game he's reached double figures. Sophomore center Kyrie Sutton chipped in 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Leading scorer Greer Wright was held well under his season average and managed just seven points before fouling out with 3:53 remaining.
Junior workhorse Mahamoud Jabbi continued making his case for all-conference honors with a game-high 11 rebounds and two blocks. Jabbi averaged 8.7 rebounds, 8.0 points and 2.1 blocks in conference play.
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