Vermont 79, Maine 65

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) _ Mike Goia and T.J. Sorrentine combined
for 23 second-half points to lift Vermont to its 10th straight win,
79-65, over Maine in America East men's college basketball Friday.
Vermont's ten consecutive wins ties a record set in the 1922-23
season and in 1952, when they won the last six games of the 1951-52
season and the first four contests in 1952-53.
Grant Anderson's three-pointer gave Vermont a 20-13 lead midway
through the first half but Maine bounced back to make it 33-32 at
the break behind strong free throw shooting. The Black Bears went
eight-for-eight from the line in the first half and a perfect
18-for-18 for the contest.
The second half featured three ties and six lead changes before
the Catamounts, behind the long range shooting of Sorrentine, Goia
and David Hehn, put the game away. Tied 55-55 with 5:45 to go, Goia
hit three straight from beyond the arc in a four-minute span for a
14-4 UVM run.
Sorrentine led all scorers with 17 points (12 in the second
half) while Trevor Gaines had 16 points and a game-high 13
rebounds. Taylor Coppenrath added 15 points and nine rebounds while
Goia finished with 14 points.
Gaines led a strong Vermont effort on the boards as the Cats
out-rebounded the Bears, 35-36, with an 18-6 edge on the offensive
With 16 points, Clayton Brown led four Black Bears in
double-figures. Errick Greene and Derrick Jackson each had 14 while
Justin Rowe had 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots as
Maine falls to 4-10 and 1-2 in the America East.
Vermont, now 12-3, matches the win total from the entire 2000-01
season, a campaign that included an 11-game losing streak.