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Catamounts retain the upper hand on Danes

Sunday, January 6, 2013
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— It appears that Vermont has the University at Albany’s number in more ways than one.

A physically tough Vermont defense held the Great Danes to just 35.7 percent shooting from the floor, and the Catamounts’ flex offense connected on better than 50 percent en route to a convincing 70-45 victory Saturday afternoon at Patrick Gym.

The Great Danes, off to their best start in Division I program history, dropped to 1-1 in America East Conference play and 12-4 overall, while Vermont improved to 2-0 and 9-5.

Vermont featured a balanced offense that was led by Luke Apfeld, Candon Rusin and Sandro Carissomo with 12 points apiece.

It was the most lopsided loss of the season for UAlbany, which lost by 22 points at Ohio State.

UAlbany, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, was paced by senior guard Mike Black with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting and four rebounds. Junior transfer DJ Evans and sophomore forward Sam Rowley came off the bench, scoring a combined 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Fifth-year senior Jacob Iati, who entered the game scoring 16 ppg, scored just two points on 1-for-8 shooting.

Vermont continues to dominate the all-time series and now has won seven straight over the Great Danes. The Catamounts have captured 24 of 32 games in the series, including 11 of the 14 games at Patrick Gym.

Sparked by a suffocating defense, the Catamounts went into the half with a 16-point lead, 35-19. The Catamounts forced 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes that led to 10 of their 35 points. Apfeld led all scorers at intermission with 10 points.

Vermont took its momentum into the second half to extend the lead to as high as 21, 45-24, with 17:03 left in the game. Rusin paced the Cat­amounts with 10 of his points in the beginning of the half.

The Great Danes made a run when Evans hit two free throws and then a three-pointer before Black nailed a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 61-38 with 7:33 left in the contest.

However, UAlbany could not get any closer.

The Great Danes travel to Vestal to take on old SUNYAC rival Binghamton on Monday at the Events Center. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 50 with tip-off scheduled at 7.

UALBANY (45)

Iati 1-8 0-0 2, Black 5-8 1-2 14, Metcalf 1-2 0-2 2, Guerrier 0-2 0-0 0, Puk 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 2-5 2-2 7, Devlin 2-4 1-2 5, Hooley 1-5 5-7 7, Rowley 3-6 2-3 8, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Wiegmann 0-0 0-0 0, Page 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 11-18 45.

VERMONT (70)

Voelkel 3-4 1-2 7, Apfeld 5-8 0-0 12, Carissimo 5-6 0-0 12, Rusin 5-11 0-0 12, O'Day 2-4 0-0 4, Davine 0-0 0-0 0, Blue 7-10 1-1 15, Elbaum 0-4 0-0 0, Kilpatrick 0-1 3-4 3, Rugg 1-4 3-6 5, Crenca 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-53 8-13 70.

Halftime: Vermont 35-19. Three-point goals: UAlbany 4-15 (Black 3-3, Evans 1-2, Page 0-1, Hooley 0-2, Guerrier 0-2, Iati 0-5), Vermont 6-17 (Carissimo 2-2, Apfeld 2-3, Rusin 2-5, Elbaum 0-1, Voelkel 0-1, Rugg 0-2, Blue 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds:

UAlbany 28 (Rowley 7), Vermont 32 (Kilpatrick, O'Day, Rugg 5). Assists: UAlbany 10 (Hooley, Iati 3), Vermont 14 (Voelkel 6). Total fouls: UAlbany 15, Vermont 16. Attendance: 2,311.

 
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