BURLINGTON, Vt. — Facing first-seed Vermont in a hostile environment at Patrick Gymnasium, the University of Maine men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday night with a 73-57 loss to the Catamounts in the America East quarterfinals.

Coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears (5-27) shot nearly 60 percent from the floor (13-for-22) in the second half, outscoring the Catamounts (25-6) 35-32 in the second half, but Vermont had built a 41-22 halftime cushion.

America East Player of the Year Anthony Lamb went 12-for-23 from the floor to finish with a game-high 34 points for Vermont. Fellow first first-team all-conference member Ernie Duncan netted 12 points.

Maine’s Isaiah White knocked down 6 of 10 shots from the field for a team-high 18-point performance. Vincent Eze added 14 points, 12 coming in the second half, and grabbed seven rebounds.

Dennis Ashley hit all three 3-pointers he attempted for nine points, while Sergio El Darwich scored eight points and added five rebounds.

The Catamounts raced to an early 15-2 lead after five minutes, but the Black Bears responded to cut the deficit to nine after an Ashley 3-pointer made it a 20-11 game. Vermont later finished the half on a 15-7 sprint to take a 41-22 advantage into the locker room.

The Black Bears fought back to get the deficit to 16 at four different occasions in the second half, but that’s close as Maine could get.

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...