Trimboli, Vermont top Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) – Mike Trimboli scored 17 points, dished
out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds to lead Vermont over 14th-ranked
Boston College, 77-63, at Conte Forum.
Chris Holm added 15 points and 10 boards and Joe Trapani had 13 points for the
Catamounts (2-1), who used a 20-3 first-half run and 49 percent shooting from
the floor in the game to down their ranked opponent.
“We wanted to play aggressive on offense and on defense we knew they were
great inside and also from three, but we had to pick our poison,” said Vermont
coach Mike Lonergan. “Our guys really learned from the Maryland game that we
needed to control our turnovers. I thought that rebounding and the battle in
the frontcourt would be key and today we started the biggest line up since I
have been here, which allowed us to keep up with them on the glass.”
Jared Dudley had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles (1-1), who suffered
their first setback of the season, shooting 30 percent from the floor. Tyrese
Rice added 14 points for BC, which never got closer than nine points after
falling behind by 17 points late in the first half.
The Catamounts used a 20-3 run during the first half to build a double-digit
halftime lead. With the game tied at 17-17 with just over eight minutes left
until the break, Holm started the surge with a pair of free throws. Rob Sisca
later ended the run with a layup at the 1:36 mark, giving Vermont a 37-20
lead. Trapani and Trimboli combined for 12 of the 20 points during the burst,
which allowed the Catamounts to carry a 41-27 advantage into halftime.
The Eagles drew within 48-39 after a Marquez Haynes basket 4:25 into the
second half, but the Catamounts scored 14 of the next 20 points to extend to a
62-45 lead. Trimboli converted a jumper with 8:07 remaining to cap the surge,
which gave Vermont enough of a cushion to escape with the win.
Trimboli left the game with only 17 seconds left after slipping near midcourt.
He needed the assistance of trainers to leave the floor and obviously did
Vermont’s first three games have been on the road. Seven of the first eight
games for the Catamounts are on the road. Their first home game is on November
18 against America East rival Drexel…Dudley hit just two shots from the
floor in the second half…Vermont tied the all-time series at 3-3…The
Catamounts outboarded the Eagles 32-20.