Burlington, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team took on one of the premier mid-major Division I programs in the country on Wednesday night as they traveled to the University of Vermont for the Catamounts' home opener. The Catamounts, pre-seasonfavorites to win the America East Conference, downed the Hornets, 122-55, in a game that was an exhibition for Lyndon but a countable game for UVM (2-1).
The Catamounts used their superior size to dominate the interior as they ran out to a 62-35 halftime advantage. UVM continued to extend their advantage throughout the second half and cruised to the win. The Catamounts connected on 58.8% of their field goal attempts, compared to only 35.6% for the Hornets. UVM blocked seven shots and owned a 52-26 reboundong advantage. The Catamounts forced 21 Hornet turnovers while only committing nine themselves.
Everett Duncan and Isaiah Moll led a blanced UVM attack with 17 points each. Robin Duncan posted a near triple double with 16 points, ten assists and nine rebounds and Ra Kpeida also tallied 16 points. Kevin Love (Bristol, CT) tallied 17 points to lead the Hornets and Ricky Shuford (Prattville, AL) added 15. Jahleel Gabriel (Springfield, MA) pulled down a team high six rebounds.
The Hornets return to regular season play on Saturday afternoon when they host Plymouth State University in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 1:00 pm.
Photos courtesy of University of Vermont Athletics.