Men’s basketball earns fourth seed

The men’s basketball team secured the fourth seed in the upcoming America East tournament on Sunday with an 89-58 rout of the Maine Black Bears.With the win, the Cats will take on the fifth ranked Binghamton Bearcats this Saturday at the America East tournament in Vestal, N.Y. Tip-off for the game is set for 2:30 p.m.The victory also allowed the team’s three seniors, Kyle Cieplicki, Chad Powlovich and Timothy McCrory to go out on top in what was likely their final game at Patrick Gymnasium.The three seniors are the last players remaining on the team from the “Tom Brennan” era, which was highlightedby the Cats’ 2005 upset of Syracuse in the NCAA tournament.”I am really happy for our seniors that they went out playing their best,” head coach Mike Lonergan said. “We now have a week to prepare and get healthy, and hopefully carry over some of our excellent play from today into the conference tournament.”The Catamounts, led by junior Mike Trimboli’s 24 points, started off hot by opening up a 19-6 lead just 7:15 into the game.Shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc (10-19) certainly helped their cause, as the Cats led by scores of 49-30 and 61-33 on the way to their 31-point triumph.Sophomore Marqus Blakely added his 15th double-double of the year, chipping in 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Catamounts’ bench also made a big impact in the effort, outscoring the Maine bench 31-13.Freshman Sean McNally of Maine led the Black Bears with 16 points.The UVM win was a far cry from Thursday’s 68-65 loss against the struggling University of New Hampshire Wildcats. The Cats blew a sevenpoint lead with ten minutes to go when the Wildcats went on a 14-1 run in just over four minutes.UVM responded in the waning moments when Colin Macintosh’s three-pointer cut the UNH lead to two. However, with 2.2 seconds left the Cats could not get a shot-attempt off. The loss eliminated UVM from any hope of gaining the coveted second-seed in the tournament. However, after regaining their momentum against Maine, UVM will hope their late-season surge will carry over into the match-up against Binghamton. UVM swept the season series against Binghamton.