NEWARK, Del. - Marcus Bullock's back-to-back three-pointers tied the game at 71-all with 4:05 to go, but T.J. Sorrentine hit a three with 1:45 remaining to put Vermont up for good, as the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to Vermont, 78-73, in the first round of the America East Championship on Friday at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Bullock had five threes in the second half as the freshman scored a career-high 22 points while shooting 6-for-13 from beyond the arc. Austin Ganly had 18 points and Chris Brown added 16 points and 12 rebounds The Wildcats finish the season at 7-21, adding four more wins to last seasons total of three when they finished 3-25.
Tony Orciari led Vermont with 24 points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds that sealed the victory. The senior guard, who had six 3-pointers in 17 attempts, scored 17 points in the first half on 5-of-10 3-point shooting as Vermont took a 43-39 halftime lead.
Trevor Gaines added 17 points on 8-for-8 shooting and Sorrentine and Matt Sheftic had 14 points each for Vermont.
Sheftic's three-point play gave Vermont a 69-62 lead with 6:55 remaining, but Ganly made a layup, Rob Marquardt converted a free throw and Bullock hit a 3-pointer to draw New Hampshire within 69-68. After Gaines made a jumper, Bullock connected on another 3-pointer with 4:05 left to tie the score 71-71.
Orciari's 3-pointer gave Vermont a 21-14 first-half lead, but Ganly scored seven straight points to tie the score 21-21 on a jumper, a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws.
Three-pointers by Corey Sullivan and Orciari gave Vermont a 43-37 lead before Brown hit a layup at the halftime buzzer.
Eighth-seeded Vermont (12-16), which won for the first time in 14 tries at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center, will play top-seeded Hofstra in Saturday's quarterfinal round.