DURHAM, N.H.-- Tony Orciari scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the University of Vermont to a 90-82 America East victory over the University of Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
In the opening stanza, the score was close for most of the first half as the two teams played to six ties and the Catamounts (11-10 overall, 6-6 America East) led by four points at the intermission (39-35).
The key run of the contest began midway through the second half when Vermont led 52-48 with 15:42 to go in the game, and then proceeded to put together a 12-0 run that ended with the score 64-48 in favor of the Catamounts with 12:01 remaining on the clock.
During the run by Vermont, Orciari hit a pair of key three-pointers, two of his six treys made on the afternoon.
The Wildcats (3-18 overall, 2-11 America East) did not fold, however, and trimmed an 18-point Vermont lead (68-50) with 9:19 to play to just seven points (88-81) with 25 seconds remaining following a pair of Chris Brown free throws. But New Hampshire ran out of time and Vermont closed the contest with three free throws, two by Ryan Driggers with 21.6 seconds to play to ice the win.
New Hampshire was led in scoring by Chris Brown who recorded a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Also playing well for UNH was Austin Ganly, who poured in 17 points on the night as four Wildcats scored in double figures: Colin Donahue (13 points) and Marcelle Williams (10 points).
The New Hampshire men cagers will remain at home next week and will entertain Maine on Feb. 11. Game time is 7 p.m. in the Whittemore Center.