Thursday, February 4, 2010

Vermont 64, Black Bears 51

A sluggish start proved costly and the host Catamounts claimed their second victory over the Black Bears. Vermont now owns a season sweep over UMaine, crucial should the two teams tie in the final America East standings.

The loss dropped the Black Bears into third-place tie with Binghamton. The Black Bears host the Bearcats Saturday.

UMaine trailed the whole way at Vermont then fought its way back to within five points in the second half. The Black Bears could never get enough offense going, however, to complete the comeback. UMaine shot only 31 percent from the floor while Vermont connected on 46 percent.

Vermont frontcourters Marqus Blakely (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Evan Fjeld (13 and 10) led the Catamounts. Junior Bernal led the UMaine effort with 12 points and nine rebounds. Murphy Burnatowski had 13 points, four rebounds and three steals.

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