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Vermont will keep dancin'

Catamounts beat Lamar; UNC next

Associated Press / March 15, 2012
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Maybe Vermont is on the verge of some memorable NCAA Tournament moments to add to the one it most cherishes.

Four McGlynn came off the bench to score 18 points and Vermont grabbed an early lead and hung on to beat Lamar, 71-59, Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio, in a first-round game.

Matt Glass added 11 points, Sandro Carissimo 10, and Brian Voelkel had 12 rebounds to help the Catamounts earn a spot against top-seeded North Carolina Friday in Greensboro, N.C.

The Catamounts (24-11) shot 50 percent from the field, blending an inside presence with McGlynn’s touch from the perimeter.

Devon Lamb and Mike James each had 16 points for Lamar (23-12), which had won six in a row since first-year coach Pat Knight ripped his seniors after a loss in late February.

It was only Vermont’s second NCAA win, but the first one was something. A 60-57 upset of fourth-seeded Syracuse by the 13th-seeded Catamounts in the first round of the 2005 tournament is considered the biggest victory in school history.

“The Syracuse game was a huge win for Vermont and the community,’’ Voelkel said. “Obviously, we’re going to come into North Carolina with a lot of confidence and hopefully we can pull off another upset and give the people of Burlington something to cheer about.’’

But the America East tournament champions will be severely tested down where the skies are Carolina Blue.

“Obviously, North Carolina is one of the best teams in the country,’’ first-year Catamounts coach John Becker said. “They’ve got a roster of future NBA stars. We’re just going to do what we do - continue to play our brand of basketball.’’

McGlynn, the only player in Division 1 to lead his team in scoring (12.0) without starting a game, provided punch to Vermont’s offense.

He entered in the first half and immediately ignited a rally that gave the Catamounts the lead.

“It was my first NCAA Tournament game. I thought I played pretty well,’’ said McGlynn, who was 5 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Trailing by as many as 16 points early in the second half, Lamar kept hanging around. It drew within 7 when Anthony Miles (14 points) drove and hit a layup while falling and completed a 3-point play, then hit a three on the next possession.

But Vermont always seemed to have an answer.

Brandon Davis followed by driving the lane and banking in a shot. After a Cardinals miss, Glass popped in a jumper and the lead was back to double figures.

Moments later, after a nifty scoop shot in traffic for a bucket by Lamar’s James, McGlynn came in and promptly drilled a 3 from the right wing to make it 59-47 with just more than 6 minutes left.

The Cardinals never got closer than 9 again.

South Florida 65, California 54 - Freshman point guard Anthony Collins scored 12 points and directed the offense and Victor Rudd had 15 points as the Bulls rolled over the Bears (24-10) in the second game in Dayton.

The Bulls allowed only 13 points in the first half.

South Florida (21-13) plays No. 5 seed Temple in Nashville Friday, a matchup of teams known for gritty defense. Few have been better than this one for the first 20 minutes on the NCAA stage.

California didn’t score over the last 8:55 of the first half, missing 10 shots and turning it over twice while South Florida pulled ahead, 36-13.

Penn 74, Quinnipiac 63 - Miles Cartwright had 23 points, including 5 of 6 from beyond the arc, to help the Quakers (20-12) bounce the Bobcats in the opening round of the CBI tournament in Philadelphia.

Fairfield 68, Yale 56 - Colin Nickerson scored 22 points, and Rakim Sanders added 21 points and 11 rebounds as the host Stags (20-14) overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bulldogs in the first round of the CIT.

NIT - Rodney Williams tied his career high with 21 points as Minnesota (20-14) beat La Salle, 70-61, in an opening-round game in Philadelphia . . . Rion Brown scored 18 points and host Miami (20-12) finished the game with a 16-0 run to take a 66-50 win over Valparaiso . . . Seth Tuttle sank two free throws with 1.3 seconds left and finished with 23 points to lead Northern Iowa (20-13) to a 67-65 win over Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia . . . Frantz Massenat had 18 points and 14 assists as Drexel (28-6) shook off the disappointment of not making the NCAA Tournament by trouncing Central Florida, 81-56, in Philadelphia.

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