Around the Horn: Sports In The Region

Blakely posts double-double in win
WILMINGTON, N.C. Five Catamounts reached double figures led by 19 points and 19 rebounds from sophomore Marqus Blakely as the University of Vermont mens basketball team topped North Carolina-Wilmington 84-73 in non-conference action on Saturday night. Vermont shot 50 percent from the floor as the Cats improve to 14-13 overall on the season, while Wilmington falls to 18-11. Saturday marked the first time this season that the Cats had five players reach double figures and just missed a sixth as senior Timothy McCrory ended with eight. Junior Mike Trimboli went for 15, freshman Joey Accaoui had 13, sophomore Nick Vier tallied 12 and senior Kyle Cieplicki rounded it out with 11. UVM sends $3,596 to Vermont Cancer Center
BURLINGTON The University of Vermont athletic department helped raise $3,596 that will go to the Vermont Cancer Center as part of the Think Pink week hosted by the mens and womens basketball teams in support of the Womens Basketball Coaches Associations (WBCA) Breast Cancer Awareness week from February 10-14. On February 10, the womens basketball team donned pink uniforms for the game and some game shorts and warm up t-shirts were auctioned off. The men wore warm up t-shirts to show their support for the cause during their game against Boston University on February 14. During both games the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle went to the Vermont Cancer Center and pink t-shirts, courtesy of America East, and bracelets were handed out for a donation. The Catamounts were one of 1,100 schools across the country to participate in the WBCAs Think Pink initiative which has raised $373,000 this season. Fallon gets 18th career shutout
LOWELL, Mass. Senior Joe Fallon stopped 16 shots for his 18th career shutout and senior Slavomir Tomko scored the game winner with 5:41 left in the game to lead Vermont to a 1-0 victory against No. 18 UMass-Lowell in Hockey East action at Tsongas Arena on Saturday night. Fallon moved into a tie for second place on the NCAA all-time shutout list and the Catamounts improved to 12-11-7 (11-7-5 HEA). Vermont is 8-2-2 in its last 12 games to move into a tie with Boston University for second place in the Hockey East standings. Fallons shutout was his first since a 3-0 win against UMass on Feb. 17 last season. He is now tied with former Michigan State goalie Ryan Miller for the second most shutouts all-time. Former Cornell goalie David McKee is first in NCAA history with 26. Fallon is 7-1-1 with a 1.64 goals against average in his last nine starts. Northeastern blanks Lady Cats
BURLINGTON Leah Sulyma stopped 31 shots to lead Northeastern to a 3-0 win over Vermont in womens Hockey East action Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse. It was the final home game of the season for the Catamounts. Vermont (6-24-1, 2-15-1) ends its season next weekend at Maine. The Catamounts can finish in seventh place with a pair of wins over the Black Bears. Fifth straight win for UVM womens hoopsters
BURLINGTON, Vt. Junior Amy Rosenkrantz, Vermonts America East Player of the Game, led four Catamounts in double figures with a team-high 17 points (8-for-12 FG) to lead Vermont to a 65-56 win over visiting Boston University in America East womens basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The Catamounts, who have won five straight, improve to 19-7 overall, matching last years win total, and are 10-3 in the league. UVM also improved to 12-1 at home and 7-0 versus conference opponents at Patrick Gym. Boston U falls to 14-11 overall and 7-5 in America East. Knights fall to undefeated Falcons
COLCHESTER With seniors Brian Monahan, James Sorrentine and Craig Carey playing their second-to-last home game as Purple Knights, Saint Michael's (7-18, 5-16 NE-10) faced the ominous task of taking on No. 1 ranked Bentley College (26-0, 21-0 NE-10) on Saturday afternoon. Despite cutting the lead to five in the second half, Saint Michael's fell 85-65, giving Bentley their 53rd-straight regular season contest, setting a new Division-II record. For the Falcons, seven players scored at least seven points and eight players grabbed at least two rebounds. Leading the way was Freshman guard Tom Dowling who tied a season-high 17 points to go along with a game-high 12 boards. Dowling went 9-of-10 from the line and 4-of-5 from the field in only 24 minutes of play off the Bentley bench. The Falcons out-rebounded the Purple Knights, 43-27, en route to their record setting win at the Ross Sports Center. Senior Yusuf Abdul-Ali tallied 16 points on the night while grabbing four boards and dishing out four assists. Dropping out of contention for a first round Northeast-10 playoff spot, the Purple Knights will close out their season at home against Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ross Sports Center in Colchester. Lady Knights lose on Senior Day
COLCHESTER The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team (13-13, 9-12 Northeast-10 Conference) was outscored 36-15 in the second half and suffered a 63-40 setback to Bentley College on Saturday at the Ross Sports Center. For Bentley (17-9, 14-7 NE-10), freshman Kim Brennan scored a game-high 13 points, hitting 5-of-9 shots from the field. Senior Vanessa Lux added 10 points for the Falcons, who shot 50 percent from the field after halftime and outrebounded Saint Michael's in the contest, 39-25. For the Purple Knights, freshman Logan Pintka was the lone player to score in double figures, netting 12 points. Sophomore Michelle Otey added eight points for Saint Michael's, which made just 5-of-24 second-half shots. Saint Michael's closes out the regular season on Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. home contest versus Southern New Hampshire University. Bentley hosts Southern COnnecticut State University on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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