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Vermont beats Lamar in First Four, moves on to play UNC

Mar 14, 2012, 9:04 PM EST

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Considering the two thrilling comebacks that ended Tuesday night’s First Four games in Dayton, Ohio, I was hesitant to write this lede too soon.

Luckily, it worked out.

Vermont led for the final 32 minutes of regulation and never allowed Lamar to get back within eight points in the second half, moving on to the Round of 64 with a 71-59 victory on Wednesday night.

Four McGlynn, the only player in Division I to lead his team in scoring without starting a game this season, had 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting to lead the Catamounts.

“It’s unbelievable. Our kids played so well tonight,” Vermont coach John Becker said after the game. “We’ve been really playing well of late and executing on both ends of the floor.”

This contest stands in stark contrast to the First Four game in Dayton on Tuesday night between Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State.

Whereas the Hilltoppers moved onto the Round of 64 despite turning the ball over 27 times, Vermont was efficient with the basketball, committing just five turnovers and shooting an even 50% from the floor.

Vermont now moves on to play North Carolina, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region.

The Catamounts sneaked into the NCAA tournament after beating conference favorite Stony Brook on the Seawolves’ home floor in the America East championship game on Sunday.

Wednesday night’s win is the second NCAA tournament victory in the history of the Vermont program and the first since 2005, when the Catamounts upset Syracuse in the first round of the tournament.

Tip against No. 1 North Carolina is set for 4:10 p.m. ET on Friday.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. ray1950 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Completely selfless play on Vermont’s part.

  2. uvmmagic - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    For all the major D1 programs with high intensity sound systems, lighting, and celebrities attending, this awesome team plays at home in a gym with the seating capacity the size of a regular high school, but plays with heart and determination. Hats off to the Cats!!

    UVM UVM UVM UVM UVM……..

    For all you know it alls…if you care at all about your environment, this state has had mandatory recycling for 30 years, there are NO billboards, and every developer has to abide by water and air quality standards. 85% Thats right, 85% of all restaurants are chef-owned,,,,
    If you go for some of the best leaf peeping in the world, the 1st weekend in October is prime time.

    Quality of life???

    Go Cats Go!!!,,

    A UVM Fan stuck in Virginia

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