BURLINGTON, Vt. — The University of Vermont rattled off a 17-2 scoring run in the first half Monday night and built a 21-point advantage to post a 79-65 America East men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine at Patrick Gym.
The Catamounts (10-10, 4-2 AE) placed four players in double figures while handing the Black Bears (8-8, 2-3 AE) their third consecutive loss. It was the 10th win in 12 games against UMaine for Vermont.
Freshman Four McGlynn paced Vermont with 16 points, while Matt Glass netted 14, Luke Apfeld 13 and Brian Voelkel 10 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds.
Vermont shot 49 percent (27-for-55) from the floor and outscored the Bears 20-10 from the foul line. The hosts also outrebounded UMaine 39-30.
Freshman Justin Edwards led the Bears with a game-high 19 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.
Gerald McLemore and Raheem Singleton tossed in 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Mike Allison added 10 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. UMaine sophomore center Alasdair Fraser was limited to four points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 31 minutes of action.
The Bears committed only eight turnovers and the Catamounts made nine.
Edwards scored four points during a 6-0 run that gave UMaine a 15-7 lead with 12:43 left in the first half. It was all downhill from there for the Black Bears.
Down 17-13 at the 8:26 mark, a jumper by Glass ignited Vermont’s game-changing surge. McGlynn scored the next five points, including a 3-pointer, then Apfeld provided a conventional three-point play that made it 25-17 Catamounts with 5:44 to play in the half.
The hosts eventually took a 38-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Vermont ended the suspense, outscoring UMaine 22-7 during the first nine minutes of the second half. The Catamounts did it with balance, led by five points from Sandro Carissimo and four apiece from Apfeld, Voelkel and Glass.
UMaine committed three turnovers that led to six UVM points amidst the run and the Bears went 3-for-13 from the field during that same critical stretch. When it was over, the Catamounts led 60-39 with 11:19 to play.
The Bears did rally, going on a 17-5 run of their own. UMaine cut the deficit to 69-60 on a McLemore jumper with 5:16 left, but Glass sank a 3-pointer to help UVM put the game away.
UMaine returns to action Thursday night with a 7 p.m. home game against Hartford at Memorial Gym.