Vermont Defeats UMBC, 66-49, in America East Title Game

photo by: Ian Feldmann
photo by: Ian Feldmann

Burlington, Vt. – Vermont's Anthony Lamb scored a game-high 28 points and the top-seeded and host Catamounts led from start-to-finish in a 66-49 victory over defending league champion UMBC (21-13) in the America East Championship game played at Patrick Gym


UMBC junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) was the lone Retriever to score in double figures, as he netted 15 points. Jackson and graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) were both named to the All-Championship Team.


Sherburne also received the America East Conference's Men's Basketball Elite 18 Award, which is awarded to the highest-achieving competitor in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each America East sponsored sport. He scored eight points and moved into sixth place on the Retrievers' all-time scoring list with 1,563.


UMBC trailed, 28-20, at halftime and forced a Vermont time out, hitting three free throws and getting stops on the Catamounts' first two possessions. But Lamb knocked down back-to-back treys to start an 11-0 Vermont run and give the hosts a double-digit lead they would never relinquish.


The Retrievers would get to within 11 points at 43-32 on freshman José Placer's (Orlando, Fla.) trey with 10:29 remaining. Vermont recaptured the momentum with a 6-0 run before a trey by Jackson and two free throws by freshman guard R.J. Eytle-Rock (London, England) shaved the deficit back to 49-37 with 6:26 remaining. But a second-chance trey by Vermont's Ernie Duncan on the next possession ended UMBC's hopes of a late game rally.


Junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) scored 8 points and added a game high 11 caroms for UMBC.


Vermont (27-6) only produced one more field goal (8-7) than the Retrievers in the first 20 minutes, but converted 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Lamb, who scored 18 of Vermont's 28 first half points, made three trips to the line for three shots each and knocked down 9-of-11 of those attempts. The Catamounts never trailed in the half and led by as nine points at 16-7 at the 11:38 mark of the period.