Sturgill and Anderson Lead UNH With 16 Points Apiece

Jermaine Anderson

DURHAM, N.H.-- T.J Sorrentine scored 16 points and Taylor Coppenrath added 14 to lead the University of Vermont to a 64-54 America East victory over New Hampshire in front of a crowd of 2,221 in Lundholhm Gymnasium Wednesday evening.

The Catamounts (12-3 overall, 7-0 America East) looked as though they might run away with the game midway through the first half as the team opened up a 13-point lead with 5:44 remaining following a pair of made free throws by Coppenrath that capped off a small 7-2 run to make it 25-12. However UNH closed to within seven points, utilizing an 11-6 run to make it 33-26 in favor of the visitors at the intermission.

The Wildcats (6-10 overall, 2-5 America East) closed the lead to within three points (37-34) with 15:30 to play in the game, but the visitors responded once again opening the lead to 15 points (57-42), utilzing a 12-2 run. UNH could get no closer than to within eight points (60-52) on a jumper by Sturgill with 1:26 to play.

New Hampshire was led in scoring by senior center Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) and by sophomore guard Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) as each poured in 16 points.

In addition to double-digit scoring efforts by Sorrentine and Coppenrath, the Catamounts also got 13 points from Josh Duell.

Vermont outrebounded UNH by a 31-27 margin, but the Wildcats shot better from the floor (.449-.438). The Catamounts did much of their scoring damage from behind the three-point line, hitting 8-18 treys for .444.

The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 23 when the squad travels to Hartford. Game time is 2 p.m.

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