New Hampshire men's hoop falls to Vermont, 81-72

Burlington, VT -- Freshman T.J. Sorrentine scored 26 points to lead Vermont past New Hampshire, 81-72, in America East collegiate men's basketball at the Patrick Gym on Thursday night.

Sorrentine tallied 18 in the first half hitting four of his first five three-point attempts as the Catamounts jumped out to a 45-38 lead at the break. The Wildcats twice cut the deficit to just one point in the early stages of the second half but their frenetic style wilted as Vermont pulled away down the stretch.

The Catamounts, winners now of three straight after losing 11 in-a-row, avenged an earlier defeat to UNH on January 10th. In addition to Sorrentine, Matt Sheftic added 20 on 7-of-8 from the floor and Tony Orciari chipped in with 14 points. Orciari had two three-pointers and now with 266 for his career, he is five off the UVM all-time record set by Eddie Benton (1992-96).

John Dullea scored 16 and Jeff Senulis 12 for New Hampshire as they dropped their fifth straight, all in league play, to fall to 5-16 overall and 4-8 in the conference.

Vermont, improving to 7-13, 3-8 in the America East, concludes their three-game homestand on Saturday hosting Maine at the Patrick Gym at 1 pm.

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