DURHAM, N.H.- Sophomore Taylor Coppenrath netted a career-high 38 points-23 in the second half- and grabbed 11 boards as the University of Vermont traveled to the University of New Hampshire and topped the Wildcats on Wednesday night, 92-75. The win moves Vermont to 12-8 overall and 6-2 in America East. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 3-16 overall, 1-7 in America East.
Following a first half that saw the Catamounts leading by just four points (35-31), Vermont came out on fire to open the second stanza, hitting six of their first eight shots. But the Wildcats would respond, as consecutive three pointers from freshman Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) and junior Griffin Walker (Coffeyville, Kan.) cut the Vermont lead to just five points, 50-45.
However, after the teams traded hoops over the next nine minutes of the game, the visitors would put the game out of reach. Leading by just eight points with just under seven minutes to play, Vermont took control, going on a 12-2 run over the next 2:02 to open up a 20 point lead. Coppenrath would score seven of his 38 points during that decisive Vermont run. Coppenrath's 38 led three double digit scorers for the visitors, as David Hehn and Corey Sullivan scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Coppenrath's 11 rebounds also led Vermont. The Wildcats were led by freshman Shejdie Childs (Wynnewood, Pa.) who's 20 points matched a career high set just last Sunday at Binghamton. Walker and Karalis joined Childs in double figures for the 'Cats, as they each chipped in with 14 points apiece.
The first half of the game was a nip and tuck affair, but was dominated mostly by the host Wildcats. New Hampshire opened up its biggest lead of the game with 4:41 remaining in the half, as senior Shawn Collette (Westminster, Mass.) nailed a jumper to give UNH a 27-20 lead. From there the Catamounts went on a 12-2 run to take their first lead of the game with 1:18 remaining in the opening frame, 32-29. Vermont would add one tally to that lead by halftime as they entered the locker room ahead by a count of 35-31.
For the game, Coppenrath and Vermont dominated the paint, as they outscored UNH 44-22 in that area and out-rebounded the hosts for the game, 45-28. The visitors shot 64 percent from the field in the second half, and ended the game hitting at a 53.8 percent clip. The Wildcats, who shot 46.4 percent from the field, were plagued by poor free throw shooting throughout the game, as they hit just 13 of their 29 attempts from the charity stripe. UNH returns to action on February 2 when they host Stony Brook.
Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.