Blakely Double-Double, Trimboli’s Milestone Highlight Cat’s Sixth Straight

Patrick Gym was electric this past Wednesday night as junior Marqus Blakely’s 23 points and career-high 20 rebounds carried the Catamounts to a 75-65 victory over America East foe Maine, extending their winning streak to six straight.The game began uneventfully enough with a back and forth first 15 minutes of play, which saw a lot of ticky-tack foul calls on both squads and minimal scoring.Senior captain Mike Trimboli (nine points, four assists, two steals) put an end to the monotony with four minutes left in the half, however, as his dish to senior Colin McIntosh (13 points) in the post gave Trimboli his 566th career assist, a new UVM record. Following this milestone, the Catamounts rebounded just before the end of the half to cut the Black Bears’ lead to 35-33.Blakely was the spark for the Catamounts in the second half, shooting 7-8 from the field in the final 20 minutes en route to his seventh double-double of the season, which also included a whopping 12 offensive rebounds and three blocks.Another Cat who came up big in the second half was sophomore Evan Fjeld, whose scrappy play gave him 12 points, two steals, and two assists in a mere 16 minutes on the court.Following two straight baskets from Blakely, Fjeld provided the first Vermont lead of the game – one which they would not relinquish – with a tip-in of a Maurice Joseph (nine points, three steals, three assists) miss, making the score 54-52.It was pure Catamount dominance from this point forward, as the hungry Vermont squad did not let up until the final minute when head coach Mike Lonergan was able to empty his bench and give some playing time to his sparsely-used players.Fjeld continued to show his tenacity on the court as well, diving for and recovering a loose ball with just over a minute left and the Catamounts up by ten.With the win, the America East leading Cats moved to 6-2 in conference play and 15-6 overall, showing that they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with during the final few weeks of conference play and into the postseason.