Albany matched Vermont in toughness and physicality.

Albany went shot for shot with Vermont for long stretches.

Albany fifty-fifty rattled Vermont for a spell.

The University of Vermont men’s basketball game team captivated plenty from its longtime rival.

And it wasn’t nearly enough for the Great Danes to pull off a midseason upset.

Vermont settled downward subsequently an uncharacteristic start to the second half, seizing control with a game-defining run to put away Albany for a 73-61 victory in America East Conference action in front of 2,096 at Patrick Gym on Monday nighttime.

Ryan Davis scored 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting and grabbed five rebounds, Ben Shungu collected sixteen points, five boards and iii assists and Isaiah Powell totaled xiv points, seven boards and 5 assists to carry the Catamounts throughout the forty minutes and crucially during the sixteen-2 spurt to outlast Albany (9-12, 5-four).

Catamount Ryan Davis gets into the paint for two points during UVM's game vs the Albany Great Danes at Patrick Gym on Monday evening.

Although their program-record streak of scoring at least 80 points ended at vii games, the Catamounts (xvi-four, 8-0) ran its winning gyre to ten in a row. And they’ve won the last nine of them by double digits.

“On a dark where nosotros could’ve folded … guys simply observe a way,” UVM passenger vehicle John Becker said. “We know how to win, we know how to close out games. They are a determined group of kids and they are tough as hell.

“It’south just a matter of time most nights and tonight was another i of those cases.”

A 10-2 run toward the stop of the starting time half helped stake the Catamounts to a 34-29 advantage at the pause. Only UVM committed five of their x turnovers in the offset 4:21 of the 2d half, allowing the Great Danes to inch in front end, 39-38, at the commencement media timeout of the second stanza.

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“Credit to Albany, they did a good job,” Shungu said. “But a lot of the times nosotros beat ourselves with sure possessions. Mistakes are going to happen.”

UVM's Ben Shungu brings the ball up court during the Catamounts' game vs the Albany Great Danes at Patrick Gym on Monday evening.

The game had three of its nine lead changes and four of its half dozen ties in the next half-dozen-minute span. When Albany’s Chuck Champion canned a 3-pointer, UVM answered with Shungu and Davis buckets in the paint. When Trey Hutcheson sank two 3s, Shungu supplied a trey of his own, and Davis finished a spinning Robin Duncan feed, the latter pushing UVM to a 47-45 lead.

Knotted at 49 with 10:55 to play, UVM uncorked its 16-2 run over 7-plus minutes of game fourth dimension. During the run, Albany went more than than five minutes without a field goal, going 0 of 7 from the floor.

Shungu started the spurt with a lefty layup and step-dorsum jumper and finished information technology with a jab-step trey in front of the UVM bench for a 65-51 margin.

“Our connectiveness really allowed us to go on that run,” Shungu said. “Being connected and being a veteran group helps … when information technology came down to it, we were able to make that run.”

Powell’s influence — he drove baseline for 2 and rattled home a corner three-arrow during the surge — was the divergence in the win, co-ordinate to Becker.

UVM's Isaiah Powell gets by Albany's Trey Hutcheson during the Catamount's game vs the  Great Danes at Patrick Gym on Monday evening.

“When (Powell) plays difficult and forceful, he impacts the game in a lot of ways. He’s and so skilled at his size and force,” Becker said. “He’s a great passer. He’s just really smart. The game is really tedious for him. When he plays with that force added with his experience and skill, we are tough to beat.”

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Justin Mazzulla also reached double figures with 11 points for UVM, which has made at least half its field-goal attempts in all eight league games. Mon, the Cats shot 56.9% from the floor while getting 32 points in the paint and 21 points off 12 Albany turnovers.

“I think information technology starts with our defence, really merely getting stops together equally unit of measurement, and that simply leads to better opportunities on criminal offence,” Davis said. “Beingness able to detect different ways to win ballgames is something that is going to be very important in March.”

Matt Cerruti paced Albany with 22 points. Champion and Jamel Horton each added 11 while Hutcheson finished with ix.

UVM volition play its tertiary game in five days on Wednesday when it hosts NJIT. Game fourth dimension is vii p.m. on ESPN+.

“I’ll be ready and I know the team will be ready,” Shungu said.

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