Saturday, January 5, 2013

Vermont clobbers UAlbany, 70-45

BURLINGTON, Vt.Will Brown was anxious to see how his team stacked up to what he thought was a solid opponent.

Turns out, on this afternoon, the University at Albany didn’t belong on the same court as the preseason pick to repeat as America East champs.

Vermont burst out of the gates and never looked back, throttling the Great Danes, 70-45, at Patrick Gym.

“We were absolutely terrible,” Brown said. “It happens.”

The 25-point defeat marked UAlbany’s worst loss since a 78-51 loss at Georgia Tech, on Nov. 17, 2010. It’s also the worst America East loss since a 78-50 loss to Boston University, on Feb. 5, 2003.

“Vermont played very well,” Brown said. “You have to give them credit. As bad as I thought we played, I thought they played terrific.”

The Great Danes (1-1, 12-4) have now lost to the Catamounts (2-0, 9-5) seven consecutive times, dating back to the 2009 league tournament.

Vermont scored nine of the game’s first 11 points, getting baskets from all over the floor. When Trey Blue knocked down a jumper with 12:21 to play, UAlbany fell behind by double-digits, 17-7 and could never get closer.

“We were very impatient offensively early in the game and I think that hurt us more than anything,” Brown said. “Our impatience offensively led to 10 turnovers.”

The Catamounts led by 16 at halftime and continued to pour in on in the second half.

“We didn’t have a run in us,” said Brown.

Vermont went up by as many as 28 points, 60-32, when Sandro Carissimo hit a 3-pointer with eight minutes to play. The Catamounts made six 3-pointers and shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the floor.

“You have to give them a lot of credit,” Brown said. “They shot the ball unbelievably well.”

Blue led Vermont with 15 points off the bench, while three other players, including Carissimo added a dozen.

Mike Black was the only Great Danes players in double figures, scoring 14.

“It’s not the end of the world,” Brown said. “I’d be more disappointed if this was in the SEFCU, but they did what they were supposed to do.”

Brown is confident that his team will bounce back, when they head to Binghamton on Monday. 

“If we hang our heads, we’re going to go on the road and get beat on Monday,” he said. “That’s not going to happen. We’re going to win on Monday.”

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