Vermont 77

(2-1, 2-1 away)

(14) Boston College 63

(1-1, 1-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 13, 2006

    Silvio Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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    UVM 41 3677
    #14BC 27 3663

    Top Performers

    Vermont: M. Trimboli 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    Boston College: J. Dudley 19 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Trimboli plays hero, then limps off court as Vermont upsets BC

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Vermont basketball program already has its signature moment: a victory over No. 11 Syracuse in the 2005 NCAA tournament that was the school's first-ever win over a ranked team.

    The Catamounts added a second victim to that list on Monday night, coasting to a 77-63 victory over No. 14 Boston College thanks largely to a couple of players who weren't around for that first-round NCAA win.

    "They did something we're trying to do now," said sophomore Mike Trimboli, who had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds before sending a scare into his team when leg cramps dropped him to the court in the final seconds. "This win was big for our program."

    Freshman Joe Trapani had 13 points and eight rebounds, most in the first half while the Catamounts (2-1) built a 17-point lead, while Chris Holm added 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Vermont players started clapping on the court in the final minutes, although Trimboli's injury with 19 seconds left dampened the mood.

    The Vermont guard crumpled to the floor near midcourt and limped off, favoring his right leg, after being helped by a trainer. He was all smiles after the game, though, and coach Mike Lonergan said it was just a cramp.

    "He should be OK," said Lonergan, who took over when the wacky and winning Tom Brennan retired after the 2005 tournament.

    "Coach Brennan and the players put Vermont on the map," Lonergan said. "We're just trying to stay there."

    Jared Dudley had 19 points and 14 rebounds for BC, but had just two field goals in the second half. The Eagles (1-1) shot 27 percent in the first half and 30 percent for the game and, with starting center Sean Williams serving the second game of a two-game suspension, were outrebounded 48-39.

    "The better team won. They clearly outplayed us in every phase of the game," Dudley said. "The question is how you bounce back. It's a learning process. It's all about how you learn from this.

    "If we reel off seven wins in a row, am I going to be thinking about Vermont? No."

    Trailing by double-digits most of the game, BC forced turnovers with full-court pressure in the second half but couldn't make any baskets. Marquez Haynes' fast-break dunk excited the half-filled crowd of 5,035 and made it 48-39 with 15:34 left in the game.

    But Holm followed with a 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 run.

    "We weren't beating anybody tonight," BC coach Al Skinner said. "When you're making shots, everyone's excited. This is what happens when you don't make shots. I hope they've learned their lesson."

    BC's last loss to an America East team was to Northeastern in 2002-03 -- a season when the Eagles finished 19-12 and missed the NCAA tournament. The Atlantic Coast Conference had been 15-0 in nonconference games this season before Monday night, and 59-5 against the America East all-time.

    "I don't think we showed them the respect we should have," said Skinner, whose team beat New Hampshire 86-47 in its opener. "Maybe we thought this was going to be another New Hampshire-type situation. We thought that it was going to be easy."

    Vermont went on a 20-3 run to open a 41-24 lead just before halftime. Dudley made one free throw with 3.5 seconds left and missed the second before he scored on a one-handed putback of Haynes' missed rebound to make it 14 points after one.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 63
    FG Made-Attempted 29-59 (.492) 19-63 (.302)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-11 (.455) 5-23 (.217)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-24 (.583) 20-32 (.625)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 4

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