Vermont Captures Men's Basketball Regular-Season Crown
The Catamounts (20-9, 14-1 AE) opened the game on a 20-2 run and never looked back, shooting 55 percent from the field en route the win. With the win, the Catamounts eclipsed the 20-victory mark for the 10th time in the last 12 years. Luke Apfeld paced five Catamounts in twin figures with 14 points, including the 1,000th of his career. Carson Puriefoy had 20 points to lead Stony Brook (20-9, 12-3 AE), which will be the No. 2 seed for the America East Championship.
The three other games Thursday were also won by the home team with Albany, Hartford and UMass Lowell picking up wins.
Hartford (14-14, 9-6 AE) shot a season-best 59 percent and outlasted Binghamton (7-21, 4-11 AE), 89-83, in overtime to win for the fifth time in its last six games. Yosef Yacob forced overtime by hitting a game-tying three pointer as time expired, but the Hawks outscored the Bearcats by six in the extra session. The Hawks have secured no worse than the No. 4 seed for the second-straight year after being seeded that high just once in the previous nine years and can earn the No. 3 seed with a win and an Albany loss Sunday. Mark Nwakamma's double-double (19 points, 12 rebounds) led Hartford while Jordan Reed scored a career-high 33 points and added 13 rebounds. The Bearcats can be seeded from No. 5 to No. 7.
UMass Lowell (10-18, 8-8 AE) shot 54 percent from the floor and wrapped up its season with an 84-72 win over Maine (5-22, 3-12 AE). The River Hawks, who are ineligible for the America East Championship due to reclassifying rules, wrap up their inaugural season in Division I at 10-18 and 8-8 in league play. UML will finish fifth in the league standings. Antonio Bivins had a double-double of 24 points and 12 boards off the bench to lead UMass Lowell while Till Gloger's second-straight 20-point effort (20 pts) paced Maine, which can be seeded No. 6 to No. 8.
Thursday, February 27
at Vermont 69, Stony Brook 53 - Box Score | Highlights
at Albany 66, New Hampshire 48 - Box Score | Highlights
at Hartford 89, Binghamton 83 (OT) - Box Score
at UMass Lowell 84, Maine 72 - Box Score | Highlights