Senior guard Jay Greene (Whitehall, Pa.) had played in 101 consecutive games, but did not dress for tonight's contest. The America East Conference's assist leader was suffering the effects of a concussion which occurred in the second half of Saturday's 69-60 win over Hartford.
In addition, sophomore forward Rich Flemming (Chester, Pa.) suffered a knee injury at practice on Sunday and he also did not dress for the game. Hence, only seven Retrievers were available for the contest.
UMBC managed to get out to a 4-0 lead, but Vermont scored the next eight points to take control. Freshman wing Chauncey Gilliam's (Columbia, Md.) fast-break layup with 6:28 remaining in the first half trimmed UMBC's deficit to 24-17, but Vermont ran off 12 straight points, until Gilliam's lay-in at the buzzer made the score 36-19 at intermission.
The Retrievers stayed within 17 points throughout the first eight minutes of the second half, as a Darryl Proctor (District Heights, Md.) jumper with 12:54 remaining kept the deficit at 49-32. But a subsequent 16-1 surge by the hosts put the game out of reach.
Proctor led all scorers with 22 points, hitting 10 of 22 shots from the floor and he added seven rebounds. Gilliam made six of 12 shots and finished with 15 points, and junior guard Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa.), who ran the point in Greene's absence, was the only other Retriever to score as he tallied five points.
Vermont's Maurice Joseph hit six of 10 from behind the arc and led the Catamounts with 19 points, while 2008 America East Player of the Year Marqus Blakely added 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Vermont outrebounded UMBC, 50-29 , and scored 22 second-chance points. They hit 12 of 26 from behind the arc, while the Retrievers managed to make 18 of 50 shots in the game.
The Retrievers continue the three-game, seven-day road swing at Boston University on Thursday.