DURHAM, N.H. - The University of Vermont made 22 baskets to defeat the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team, 64-56. The Catamounts won their second game this season against the Wildcats to sweep the regular season series.
Freshman Mike Trimboli finished shooting 5-of-14 from the field to lead Vermont with 19 points.
New Hampshire opened the game on a 9-0 run. Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) scored the game's first basket with a 3-pointer from the left side at 19:00. Jamaal Caterina (Portland, Maine) hooked a jumper from the left post at 17:57 to give New Hampshire a 5-0 lead. New Hampshire was given an extra opportunity at the free throw line after a technical foul was called on Vermont head coach Mike Lonergan. Freshman Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) added two more free throws at 17:10, cushioning the Wildcats' lead to 9-0.
Vermont registered its first basket when Kyle Cieplicki posted a jumper from underneath at 16:49. The Wildcats maintained the lead until Timothy McCrory hooked a jumper in front of the net at 6:07 to tie the score 18-18. New Hampshire relinquished the lead when Josh Duell banked a 3-pointer from the left side, giving Vermont a 21-20 advantage. Vermont maintained the lead and finished the half with a 29-24 lead.
Trimboli opened the second half with a 3-pointer from the left side at 17:36. The Wildcats answered back as they put together a 7-0 run that lasted until Trimboli drained a 3-pointer at 12:48. The Wildcats made a game of it and tied the score 37-37 after Gibbs posted a jumper from the left post. Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) converted a 3-pointer from the top of the key, giving New Hampshire a 40-39 advantage at 9:53.
The teams swapped the lead back and forth for the next few minutes until Duell layed in a basket at 6:12 giving the Catamounts a 54-45 cushion. The Wildcats came within one point of tying the game when Gibbs converted a free throw at 4:36, but the Catamounts were able to hang on for the remainder of the game.
Caterina was 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 at the line to lead the Wildcats, matching his career high with 13 points. Gibbs followed with 12 points and six rebounds.
New Hampshire (7-13, 4-5 America East) will host Boston University on February 1 at 7 p.m. Ticket information is available online at www.unhwildcats.com/tickets or by calling 1-866-WILDCAT.