Armstrong Nets 11 in Wildcats’ 57-40 loss to Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) scored 11 points but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team lost to the University of Vermont 57-40, Monday night at Patrick Gymnasium.

Armstrong paced UNH with 11 points and eight boards and senior Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) added 10 points, two rebounds, and three assists. With the loss UNH falls to 3-15 overall and 1-4 in America East Conference play.

Kurt Steidl scored a game-high 16 points, 13 of which came in the second half to lead the Catamounts. Sandro Carissimo (11 points) also scored double-digits for UVM, which moves to 11-8 overall and 5-0 in the AE.

Vermont won the opening tip and scored the first bucket of the game to take a quick 2-0 lead. UNH responded with a jumper by Bronner to tie the score at 2-2. The teams then traded baskets over the next three minutes.

With the score tied 6-6, UNH used a 12-5 run to take an 18-11 lead. Armstrong got it started when he nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Bronner followed with a jumper from the left elbow. Vermont's Sandro Carissimo answered with a jumper from the free-throw line to make it 11-8.

UNH responded right back with an Armstrong jumper and a 3-ball from freshman Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas). After a Vermont 3-pointer, Tommy McDonnell (Durham, N.H.) made it 18-11 with two free throws.

With 7:32 remaining in the half and UNH leading 20-14, the Wildcats launched a 10-6 run to end the half. Smith notched his second three of the half to start it for UNH. Bronner then scored the final seven points for the Wildcats to put them up 30-20 at the break.

The Wildcats opened the second half on a 5-4 run to extend its lead to 35-24. Freshman Williams Gabriel (Lagos, Nigeria) got it started with a layup and a free throw and classmate Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) added a jumper for UNH.

Vermont locked down from there, using a 19-0 run to take a 45-35 lead and a 33-5 run to close out the game. Steidl scored 11 points for the Catamounts during the span, while Carissimo added six.

After shooting 52.4% (11-21) in the first half, the Wildcats were held to just 18.2% (4-22) in the second. Brian Voelkel led the Catamounts with 15 boards as Vermont outrebounded UNH, 39-26.

The Wildcats returns home Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. when they host AE rival Albany. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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