DURHAM, N.H.-- T. J. Sorrentine poured in a game-high 32 points and Taylor Coppenrath added 20 to lead the University of Vermont to a 93-77 America East victory over the University of New Hampshire in front of 1,041 at Lundholm Gymnasium on Friday night.
With the victory, the Catamounts (19-7 overall, 12-3 America East), tied the school record for wins in a season, a mark that has stood for 55 seasons. The last time Vermont had 19 wins was back in 1946-47 (19-3). Vermont also has broken their record for conference wins in a season with 12 after recording 11 during the 1999-2000 campaign.
UNH (11-15, 8-7 America East) was celebrating senior night and the seniors led the Wildcats. Senior guard Austin Ganly moved up to 14th on UNH's all-time career scorers listing and led the squad with 23 points, while senior forward Chris Brown recorded his 16th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds. UNH's third senior, Assane Faye, also scored in double digits with 16 points and eight rebounds.
The game remained close until midway through the second half when Vermont gradually opened up a 10-point advantage (66-56) with 10:26 to play on a basket by Sorrentine. The Wildcats then closed to within three points (70-67) with 7:03 to go before Vermont broke the game open by outscoring UNH 16-6 in the final 4:14 of the contest, including 10x10 from the charity stripe.
The biggest lead of the game for the Wildcats was seven points (38-31) with 3:18 to go before the intermission. UNH led at the half by three points (40-37).
Vermont shot .923 from the free throw line in the contest (24x26) and outrebounded UNH by a 41-35 margin. Both teams had four players score in double figures. The others for the Catamounts included David Hehn with 15 points and Trevor Gaines with 12 points and a game-high 15 boards.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Feb. 24 when the squad travels to Binghamton. Game time is 1 p.m.