Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vermont 75, Black Bears 65

UMaine led for the first 31 minutes and 35 seconds on the road before succumbing at Vermont. Evan Fjeld's hoop gave the Catamounts their first lead at 54-52. After a Junior Bernal hoop knotted it at 56 with 6:44 left, Vermont (15-6, 6-2 America East) finished the contest with a 19-9 run.

The loss is the second straight for UMaine after it held a double-digit lead. The Black Bears led by as many as 10 in the first half against Vermont and as many as eight in the second half.

The Black Bears (8-13, 3-5) fall to seventh place and will finish the two-game road trip with a game at Binghamton Saturday. The Bearcats fell out of a first-place tie with a loss at UMBC Wednesday.

Vermont's Marqus Blakely went wild with 23 points and 20 rebounds, helping his team to a whopping 39-25 edge on the glass.

Mark Socoby led the Black Bears with 20 points and six rebounds. Kaimondre Owes had 15 and Bernal 10. Sean McNally finished with eight points and six rebounds.

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