Burlington, Vt. (December 29, 2010)-Vermont edged Mount St. Mary's, 68-61, in overtime on Wednesday night at Patrick Gymnasium. The Mount rallied from a five-point deficit with 1:33 remaining to force overtime, but Vermont Vermont pulled away in overtime for the win.
Trailing 51-46 with 1:33 left after a Joey Accaoui drive, the Mount (3-11) responded by outscoring the Catamounts 6-1 the rest of the way to force the extra period.
David Golladay started the stretch with a pull-up jumper with 1:12 left. After a Vermont miss, Julian Norfleet was fouled on the ensuing fast break and hit both free throws to make the score 51-50 with 37.6 seconds on the clock.
The Mount then fouled Evan Fjeld with 26.0 seconds on the clock and he hit 1-of-2 to give Vermont (9-3) a 52-50 lead. The Mount got the ball down low in the final possession to Danny Thompson, who had his shot blocked, grabbed the rebound, but his putback was off the mark. Shawn Atupem, however, was there to tip the ball in with 3.3 seconds left to force the extra session.
In the overtime period, Golladay hit another pull-up jumper in the lane after Vermont opened the session with the first three points to cut Vermont's advantage to 55-54. The Catamounts, however, responded with the next nine points to seal the win. Accaoui, who scored six of his 10 points in the overtime period, started the spurt with a lay-up. Fjeld added a driving dunk and Accaoui scored after a steal for a 61-64 advantage with 1:19 left.
Lamar Trice and Norfleet each finished with a team-high 13 points for the Mountaineers. Danny Thompson added nine points and a career-high 11 boards while Atupem, Golladay and Raven Barber added eight points each in the loss.
Fjeld led all scorers with 20 points while Matt Glass chipped in 13 points and seven boards. Accaoui added 10 points with Simeon Marsalis chipping in eight.
The Mount was held to 26-of-68 (.382) shooting in the game and was outrebounded 41-34. Vermont shot 26-of-53 (.491) from the floor, including 4-of-5 in the overtime period.
The Mountaineers took an early six-point lead, 14-8, after a Norfleet three-pointer with 11:07 left in the first half. The Catamounts responded with six consecutive points to even the score at 14-14.
A Trice three-pointer gave the Mount a 19-18 lead and a Thompson putback made it 21-20 with 4:04 left in the half. Vermont, however, grabbed the halftime lead, 22-21, on a Matt Glass lay-up.
The Mountaineers hit just 9-of-30 (.300) from the field in the first half while committing nine turnovers. Vermont was 11-for-27 (.409) from the floor in the half with 10 miscues.
The Mountaineers travel to Virginia Tech on Sunday, January 2, for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off in the team's final non-conference matchup of the year.