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Vermont Catamounts (26-7)


Vermont downs UMBC 81-74 to advance to AEC title game

BURLIGTON, Vt. (AP) Everett Duncan scored a career-high 28 points and No. 1 seed Vermont beat UMBC 81-74 in the semifinals of the America East Conference Tournament on Tuesday night to advanced to the championship game.

Vermont hosts third-seed Hartford on Saturday.

Stef Smith scored 20 points and Anthony Lamb had 19 for the Catamounts (26-7). Smith's jumper with 5:50 before halftime broke a tie at 24 and Vermont went to the break with a 39-34 lead. Later, Smith hit a jumper with 15:38 to go and the Catamounts extended their lead to 48-38. UMBC then went on a 19-9 outburst to tie it at 57.

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Leaders
Points: A. Lamb16.7
Rebounds: A. Lamb7.1
Assists: R. Duncan2.6
FG%: S. Smith45.9%
FT%: A. Lamb81.0%
3P%: S. Smith42.3%
Steals: S. Smith1.1
Blocks: A. Lamb1.2
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Florida State26-5
5 Baylor26-4
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Creighton24-7
8 Kentucky25-6
9 Michigan State22-9
10 Villanova24-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Baylor26-4
5 Florida State26-5
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Kentucky25-6
8 Duke25-6
9 Creighton24-7
9 Villanova24-7
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America East Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Vermont 14-2 26-7
Stony Brook 10-6 20-13
Hartford 9-7 18-15
New Hampshire 8-8 15-15
UMBC 8-8 16-17
Albany 7-9 14-18
UMass Lowell 7-9 13-19
Maine 5-11 9-22
Binghamton 4-12 10-19
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 71.5 (163)
Rebounds: 9.6 (217)
Assists: 13.8 (123)
FG%: 44.8% (121)
FT%: 71.8% (143)
3P%: 32.7% (217)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 59.5 (4)
Rebounds: 27.4 (60)
Assists: 10.2 (27)
FG%: 38.0% (7)
FT%: 71.2% (201)
3P%: 31.7% (108)
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