Tuesday, February 1, 2011

UVM Gets It Done Against UNH

Vermont got it done in an unconventional fashion on Monday night in Burlington, beating New Hampshire 63-49. Evan Fjeld was held to 9 points, the first time since the loss to Boston University that he scored under 10 points (when he also had 9), and his second lowest point total of the year (5 vs. BYU, also a loss). Brian Voelkel was held to a mere 7 boards, only 3 below his average, but only the fourth time this season he had 7 or less rebounds. The previous three times he had 7 or fewer rebounds, the Cats lost (@UConn, vs. BYU, and @Fairfield). Yet, Vermont was able to procure their fifth straight victory by playing good defense.

Vermont was also out-rebounded 35-31, a rare occurrence this year for the Cats. Fortunately, the team defended well, limiting UNH to 33% shooting from the field, including a meager 4-24 from three-point land.

Joey Accaoui led the team with 16 points, Voelkel was the only other Catamount in double figures with 11, and Luke Apfeld continued to emerge as an offensive threat, adding 8 points.

Vermont continues to prove that they can win in a variety of ways, like any championship contender should be able to do. And like most championship teams, Vermont has gotten it done on defense. In UVM's five game win streak, they have limited opponents to an average just over 50 points a game. It marked the fourth time this year Vermont gave up less than 50 points.

Vermont moved to 8-2 in America East play. 8-1 Maine travels to Boston tonight to try and retain sole possession of first place. I guess it's time to be a Terriers fan for the evening. But just for the evening. Bleh.

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