Vermont Defeats Men's Basketball, 79-60

The game was played 24 hours before its scheduled time due to expected heavy snows in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa led the Retrievers with 18 points and sophomore wing Chauncey Gilliam scored in double figures for the seventh straight game with 15 points.  

Vermont thrashed UMBC (2-21, 1-9) on the glass, outrebounding the Retrievers, 42-22, and outscoring the hosts, 23-6 in second-chance points.

Vermont senior forward and two-time America East Player of the Year Marqus Blakely did not attempt a shot in the first half, but scored 13 second half points. Senior guard Maurice Joseph added 13 points for the Catamounts.

Young hit three of four shots from behind the arc in the first half and added a game-high 10 rebounds. He was the Catamounts America East Player of the Game.  

Vermont took control with an 11-0 run midway through the first half, as they increased a 12-8 advantage to 23-8 with 9:58 remaining. The Catamounts hit 11 of their first 17 shots from the floor and led, 35-18, before the hosts ran off nine straight points to cut the deficit to 35-27 with one minute to play. Vermont led, 37-27, at halftime.

The Catamounts led in double figures for the entire second half.  UMBC created x Vermont turnovers in the half, but misfired on 11 of 13 looks from behind the arc and could not dent the deficit. The Retrievers were within 47-37, with 13:31 remaining, but would get no closer than 13 points after a 6-0 Catamount surge.

UMBC returns home on Monday to face Maine at 7:00 p.m.