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America East Conference Tournament Recaps(Saturday, March 9th)
Final Score: Vermont 61, New Hampshire 42
Albany, NY (Sports Network) - Candon Rusin scored a team-high 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench, and the second-seeded Vermont Catamounts upended the No. 7 seed New Hampshire Wildcats, 61-42, in quarterfinal-round action of the America East Conference Tournament at SEFCU Arena.
Sandro Carissimo added 10 points for the Catamounts (20-10), who move on to face No. 6 seed UMBC in Sunday's semifinal round. It marks the 11th time in 12 years UVM is in the semifinals.
Ferg Myrick had a game-high 15 points and Patrick Konan scored 12 for the Wildcats (9-20).
The first half belonged to UNH, as the Wildcats shot 50 percent from the floor and held Vermont to 26.9-percent shooting to claim a 26-20 lead at the break.
However, the momentum shifted dramatically after halftime. The Catamounts matched their first-half field goal total (7) just nine minutes into the second half. The Wildcats could muster only four field goals (.174) over the final 20 minutes as they were outscored, 41-16.
With the victory, Vermont coach John Becker became the first coach in school history to post back-to-back 20-win seasons in his first two years at the helm.
Final Score: UMBC 69, Hartford 62
Albany, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Cook led all scorers with 24 points, and the sixth-seeded UMBC Retrievers upended the No. 3 seed Hartford Hawks in quarterfinal-round action of the America East Tournament at SEFCU Arena.
Brian Neller drained 6-of-12 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for the Retrievers (8-22), who will face No. 2 seed Vermont in Sunday's semifinal round.
Nate Sikma had 17 points and Mark Nwakamma scored 13 for the Hawks (17-13), who shot just 39.2 percent for the game.
After making only 9-of-25 field goals (.360) in the first half, the Retrievers shot 15-of-19 (.789) from the floor in the second half to pull away in a game that featured seven ties and nine lead changes. UMBC made 9-of-17 threes (.529) for the contest.
03/09 18:06:36 ET
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