BANGOR, Maine -- Garet Beal (Beal's Island, Maine) led Maine with nine points but Vermont's stingy defense held the Black Bears in check as the Catamounts defeated the Black Bears 83-46 at the Cross Insurance Center on Thursday night. With the loss Maine drops to 3-13 overall and 1-3 in America East play while Vermont improved to 9-8 ovrall and 3-0 in conference.
The Catamounts shot 57 percent form the field and out rebounded the Black Bears 38-20.
Ethan O'Day was one of three Vermont players to tally double-digit point totals as all but one player who entered the game scored points.
The Catamounts got off to a hot start as they started the game on a 12-2 run to take a 10-point advantage, 5:01 into the opening half. Kilian Cato (Espoo, Finland) snapped the Vermont streak after knocking down a three-pointer, cutting the lead to seven.
Vermont responded with a 9-0 sprint, running its lead out to 21-5 with 11:08 left in the half. Following a Till Gloger (Bochum, Germany) jumper off a feed from Ankanda-Coronel (Boston, Mass.), Vermont extended its lead to 22 after a 12-2 run.
With under seven minutes left in the half, the Black Bears started to settle in. Pollard knocked down a pull-up jumper before hitting a three on the following Maine possession. The junior guard kept rolling as he made a nice slash to the hoop for a layup to give Maine a 5-0 run while chipping the lead down to 17.
Vermont ran its lead back to 21 before Maine ended the half on a 4-0 run after a pair of free throws each from Troy Reid-Knight (Vaughan, Ontario) and Ankanda-Coronel.
Maine continued to chip away at the lead as it pieced together a 4-0 run in the early minutes of the second half. Shaun Lawton (Harlem, N.Y.) started Maine's advantage with a pair of free throws before an Ankanda-Coronel steal led to a dunk by Christian Ejiga (Lagos, Nigeria).
After Ankanda-Coronel stroked a 3-point shot, the Catamounts went on a 15-2 run over the next 6:48 to take a 61-30 lead.
Beal answered the Vermont run with a free throw before hitting a jumper from the left elbow extended on Maine's next possession.
Maine kept charging as it battled on the defensive end where Reid-Knight forced a steal before laying in a fast-break bucket on the opposite end.
Maine remains home as it hosts defending America East Champion Albany on Saturday at 2 PM in the 'Pit' at Memorial Gym.