CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Sophomore Mike Trimboli led the Catamounts with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds as the University of Vermont men’s basketball team stunned 14th-ranked Boston College 77-63 on Monday night at Conte Forum. Senior Chris Holm picked up his third career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Catamounts improve to 2-1 on the season. The win was Vermont’s second ever over a ranked opponent and first over an Atlantic Coast Conference school.
“We wanted to play aggressive on offense and on defense we knew they were great inside and also from three, but we had to pick our poison,” said Vermont head coach Mike Lonergan. “Our guys really learned from the Maryland game that we needed to control our turnovers. I thought that rebounding and the battle in the frontcourt would be key and today we started the biggest line up since I have been here, which allowed us to keep up with them on the glass.”
In the first half Boston College jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a bucket by Jared Dudley and a pair of free throws from John Oates. Trailing 7-5, Vermont went on a 6-0 run to lead for the first time in the contest on a jumper by Trimboli, baseline jumper from freshman Joe Trapani and a bucket in the paint by Holm. The Catamounts would not trail for the remainder of the game.
A three-pointer by Sean Marshall tied the game 17-17 with 8:37 to go in the first half, but Vermont responded with a 20-3 run over the next 7:01 to lead by as many as 17 capped off by a jumper from sophomore Rob Sisca. Trimboli had seven in the run while Trapani added five.
Just as they did in the opening game of the season against New Orleans, the Catamounts played 12 different players in the opening 20 minutes. Trimboli led the way with 12 points in the first half on 4-of-5 shooting, while the Cats as a team shot 57.7 percent (15-26) from the floor and went into the locker room with a 41-27 advantage.
Boston College (1-1) looked to get back into the game in the second stanza, cutting Vermont’s led to nine on a Marquez Haynes lay up to make it 48-39 4:25 in. That would be as close as the Eagles would get though, as Vermont went on an 8-0 run over the next 4:07. Holm scored the first five straight for Vermont including his first career three-pointer, sophomore Colin McIntosh had a jumper and senior Martin Klimes hit one of two free throws to extend the Cats lead back to 17 at 56-39.
Trapani also reached double figures for the Catamounts with 13 points and eight rebounds as he was 6-for-9 from the floor. Klimes added nine for Vermont, who also got some great minutes out of junior Timothy McCrory (Pascagoula, Miss.) who played 22 minutes with four points and five boards. Dudley paced the Eagles with a game high 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Tyrese Rice had 14 points.
Vermont shot 49.2 percent (29-59) for the game while limiting Boston College to 30.2 percent (19-63). The Cats also held a 48-39 advantage on the boards.
- From UVM Athletics