Scores

Final

Vermont 72

(25-6, 15-1 Am. East)

UMBC 63

(12-19, 7-9 Am. East)

    12:00 PM ET, March 4, 2007

    Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts

    1 2 T
    UVM 35 3772
    UMBC 29 3463

    Top Performers

    Vermont: C. Holm 18 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Blk

    UMBC: M. Housman 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Vermont 72, UMBC 63

    Associated Press

    BOSTON (AP) -- Chris Holm had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Mike Trimboli scored 20 Sunday to lift top-seeded Vermont to a 72-63 victory over No. 5 Maryland-Baltimore County and into the Catamounts' fifth straight America East title game.

    Vermont, which has won 13 in a row, will host the championship game next Saturday, with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line, against the winner of Sunday's second game between No. 2 Albany and No. 3 Boston University.

    The Catamounts (25-6) won three straight titles from 2003-05 and lost to Albany in the championship game last year.

    Vermont is assured of no worse than a trip to the NIT, which takes all regular-season conference champions regardless of what happens in their league tournaments.

    The Catamounts trailed 29-27 late in the first half but scored the game's next 10 points bridging the halves, and never trailed again.

    UMBC (12-19) went 6:27 between points at the end of the first half and into the second, and trailed by as many as 12 before making a run. The Retrievers got within three points with 4:38 left before a 6-0 Vermont run put the game away.

    Mike Cieplicki added 12 points for the Catamounts, who have won 17 of 18 games against league opponents this season.

    UMBC leading scorer Brian Hodges, who scored just 7 points in the quarterfinal win over Maine on Saturday, was 2-for-12 from the floor and scored 9 points, all in the second half.

    Mike Housman led the Retrievers with 20 points and eight rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UVM
    UMBC
    Points 72 63
    FG Made-Attempted 26-54 (.481) 23-59 (.390)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-10 (.500) 8-19 (.421)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-18 (.833) 9-12 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 3

    2006-07 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 11, 2007 UVM 83, @UMBC 63Recap
    Feb 8, 2007 @UVM 66, UMBC 57Recap
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