BOSTON (AP) -- T.J. Sorrentine scored 18 points and dished out
five assists and second-seeded Vermont opened the second half with
a 11-0 run to beat sixth-seeded Hartford 61-48 in the semifinals of
the America East tournament Sunday.
The Catamounts advanced to the conference title game for the
second straight season with the win. Vermont (21-8, 15-5 America
East) will shoot for its second straight conference championship
when it hosts Maine next Saturday in the title game.
Down by one at halftime, the Catamounts held Hartford (12-17,
7-13) scoreless for the first 9:10 of the second half and pulled
ahead 38-28 with 12:07 left, as the Hawks missed 11 straight field
goals to start the second half.
Hartford got within 46-41 before Vermont went on a 11-0 run to
go up 57-41 with 1:40 left.
Aaron Cook scored 17 points and Ryan Stys added 12 points to
lead Hartford, which led by as much as 19-11 in the first half but
lost for the 10th straight time in the America East semifinals. The
Hawks have never made it to the title game.