Men’s Basketball Keeps First Place

The UVM men’s basket-ball team came back from a 12-point deficit to defeat the number third place Boston University by nine points last Monday at Patrick Gym.In the first half, turnovers by the Cats were cashed in by BU freshmen Tyler Morris and Carlos Strong. Morris, Ameri-ca East’s most recent rookie of the week, led the Terriers with 10 points in the first half.Chris Holm, two-time play-er of the week, struggled to keep up with the speed of the BU guards taking it to the bas-ket.”The guards were so quick that they would get to the rim before Chris could get there,” Coach Mike Lonergan said af-ter the game.Trimboli, Holm and Kilmes all had trouble scoring in the first half, giving the Terriers an early lead.Chad Powlovich kept the Cats in the game with some tremendous rebounds and non-stop hustle. His efforts helped UVM cut the BU lead from 12 points to 5, making the half time score 33-28, BU.”We had a tough start,” Lo-nergan said. “Chad really kept us in the first half with some hustle.”The second half started off with a 3-pointer by Trimboli, followed closely by a lay-up from Kilmes to tie the game 33-33.The Terriers fought back to take an eight point lead, but a combined effort from Ciep-licki, Holm and Kilmes would finally give the Cats their first lead of the game.Vermont took the lead and ran with it, leading BU by 13 points with about eight min-utes left in the second half. Powlovich and Cieplicki kept up their hustle in the sec-ond while Trimboli and Kilmes were consistently scoring.BU’s Tyler Morris, Corey Lowe and Carlos Strong at-tempts to defeat the Cats were stopped by UVM’s defense and Holm’s rebounding skills as he recorded 16 boards.In the last two minutes, BU became desperate for ball con-trol and started fouling. Nick Vier and Mike Trimboli went 6-6 from the foul line, sealing the victory for the Cats, 72-63.Tyler Morris had 19 points for the Terriers while Corey Lowe added 18 and Carlos Strong had 14.Vermont, still in control of the America East standings, was led by Mike Trimboli with 20 points, followed by Kilmes with 12 and Cieplicki with 11. Powlovich ended up with six points and received player of the game for his outstanding effort in both halves.”The game can change so quickly,” Kilmes said. “When we get that ten point lead we are really good at containing it.”The Cats’ next game is against #4 Maine on Feb. 13. UVM, now 11-1 in America East, will be fighting to keep their number one spot.