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
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
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.