FINAL SCORE: Vermont 77, Concordia 69
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Freshman Garvey
Young (Washington, D.C.) led four Catamounts in double figures with 14
points as the University of Vermont men's basketball team topped visiting
Concordia 77-69 on Sunday afternoon in preseason action at Patrick Gym. Junior
Blakely (Metuchen, N.J.) added 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in
the first game action of the season for the Cats.
Young shot 6-for-9 from
the floor in his Catamount debut, while senior Colin
McIntosh (Milton, Mass.) added 13 points and eight rebounds and
Accaoui (Lincoln, R.I.) chipped in with 10.
"It was a little bit
ugly, but I am glad we got the win today," said Vermont head coach Mike
Lonergan. "We played a lot of guys and experimented with some different line-ups
and it was good to get some of the new guys out there. Hopefully we will improve
this week a play better next weekend against Saint Michael's."
tightly played first half that saw 10 lead changes, the visitors scored four
straight to take their biggest lead of the frame at 25-20 with 8:24 to go. After
a lay-up by Blakely, Desmond Murphy hit a pair of free throws and Damian Buckley
hit a short jumper in the lane to make it a five-point game.
would respond with a 21-9 run over the next 6:58 to take a 41-32 advantage. Six
different Cats scored in the spurt, led by seven points from Young. Freshman
Clarke (Rockville, Md.) made it a nine-point lead with 1:26 to go on a
lay-up for Vermont's biggest lead of the first half. Accaoui led the Cats in the
first half with 10 points as Vermont took a 43-36 lead into the break.
three-pointer by Young 6:33 into the second half pushed Vermont's lead to 10 at
54-44 and an alley-oop from Nick
Vier (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) to Blakely gave the Cats their biggest lead
of the afternoon at 63-52 with 8:04 left.
Concordia would score the nine
of the next 10 to cut it to three with 4:47 remaining. Buckley hit six free
throws in the run and Adam Carneol hit a three to make it 64-61. Vermont
answered as McIntosh hit four free throws, sandwiched around a bucket by Young
to extend its lead back to nine.
The Stingers would cut it to three at
72-69 on a pair of free throws from Dwayne Buckley with 49 ticks on the clock,
but that would be as close as they would get.
Vermont returns to action
on Saturday when it hosts cross-town rival Saint Michael's at 4 p.m. in the Cats
final preseason tune up. The game can be heard live on DOT 96.7 FM, WEAV 960 AM,
WVTK 92.1 FM and WTSA 1450 AM(Brattleboro), and on the internet at
www.uvmathletics.com with the audio stream provided by sportsjuice.com.