BURLIGTON, Vt. (AP) — Everett Duncan scored a career-high 28 points and No. 1 seed Vermont beat UMBC 81-74 in the semifinals of the America East Conference Tournament on Tuesday night to advanced to the championship game.
Vermont hosts third-seed Hartford on Saturday.READ MORE: State, City Officials React To Deaths Of Firefighters Following Partial Building Collapse
Stef Smith scored 20 points and Anthony Lamb had 19 for the Catamounts (26-7). Smith’s jumper with 5:50 before halftime broke a tie at 24 and Vermont went to the break with a 39-34 lead. Later, Smith hit a jumper with 15:38 to go and the Catamounts extended their lead to 48-38. UMBC then went on a 19-9 outburst to tie it at 57.READ MORE: 3 Baltimore Firefighters Killed In Partial Building Collapse, 1 In Critical Condition
Duncan made back-to-back 3-pointers sandwiched between two free throws and and a layup by the Retrievers’ R.J. Eytle-Rock and the Catamounts led 63-59. That launched a 7-0 run and they were largely in control the rest of the way.
Eytle-Rock scored a career-high 28 points for the Retrievers (16-17), Brandon Horvath 19 points and L.J. Owens 13.MORE NEWS: Manager At La Scala Ristorante Italiano Killed On Sunday Night, Restaurant Says
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