Vermont Eliminates UMaine 99-82 [VIDEO]
Postseason games in college basketball usually comes down to strong defensive play, an area where Maine has struggled. That was the case Wednesday in a 99-82 loss to Vermont in the America East Tourney.
Perimeter defense was a problem for the Bears at the Catamounts hit 12 shots from behind the arch including 6 by Cam Ward who led five Vermont players in double digits with 24 points. His team shot 66% from the field on the way to their 20th win of the season and a spot in the semifinals against New Hampshire. Maine's season comes to an end with a record of 8-22.
Vermont led the entire game after opening with a 13-4 run as play began. The 99 points scored by the Cats was the 11th time this season Maine allowed 90 or more points in a game.
Maine was led by conference all-rookie team member Isaac Vann who poured in 26 points. Aaron Calixte added 17 points. The Bears also turned the ball over 16 times which Vermont turned into 28 points.
Below are the other quarterfinal results in Wednesday's America East tourney.
#1 Stony Brook 86 #8 UMBC 76
#7 Hartford 68 #2 Albany 59
#3 Vermont 99 #6 Maine 82
#4 New Hampshire 56 #5 Binghamton 51