Proctor, Gilliam Post Double-Doubles, But Men's Basketball Lets Lead Slide and Falls to Vermont, 77-65

Vermont won for the fifth consecutive time and for the seventh straight time on the road.

The Catamounts were led by seniors Colin McIntosh and Mike Trimboli who each scored 15 points. McIntosh, a six-foot-eight forward, hit seven of 12 shots from the floor and blocked four shots. Trimboli, a guard, recorded 11 second half points and led the team with five assists.

UMBC was led by senior forward Darryl Proctor, who led all scorers with 24 points and he recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds. Freshman wing Chauncey Gilliam registered his first career double-double with 16 points and a season-high 10 rebounds.

The Retrievers led, 37-30, at intermission and briefly extended the margin to nine points as Proctor opened the half with a bucket. But Vermont scored 11 unanswered points in just 1:50 to surge ahead, 41-39 with 17:56 remaining. Proctor halted the run, sandwiching a pair of field goals around a Trimboli layup, but the visitors then reeled off seven straight points to lead, 50-43 with 13:30 remaining.

UMBC chipped away, but the game turned when Retriever guard Jay Greene, the reigning America East Player of the Week, missed a three-point field goal that would have tied the game at 55-all.  Vermont guard Maurice Joseph quickly countered with a three, restoring the Catamount advantage to 58-52 with 7:59 remaining.

A subsequent three-pointer by Vermont guard Joey Accaoui and layup by wing Jordan Clarke gave the Catamounts a double-digit advantage at 63-52 with 6:39 remaining and UMBC would not get within nine points the rest of the way.

Vermont junior forward Marqus Blakely scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half and Joseph also scored 13 for the Catamounts.

UMBC sophomore forward Rich Flemming, in his second game back after missing eight with a knee injury, scored 12 points, but only two after intermission.
Vermont hit 31 of 55 shots (56.4%) for the game, while UMBC misfired on 19 of 32 in the second half and finished at 40.3% (25 of 62) for the game.
The Retrievers lost for the first time (7-1) while leading at halftime this season.