Rapid Reaction: Vermont 71, Lamar 59

DAYTON, Ohio -- Analysis from Wednesday night’s First Four matchup between Vermont (16) and Lamar (16).

Overview: This wasn’t BYU-Iona or Mississippi Valley State-Western Kentucky for that matter. Those Tuesday games were classics. Vermont’s 71-59 win over Lamar lacked drama.

The Catamounts led most of the game. They shot 46 percent from the field in the first half and took a 30-21 lead into halftime. Pat Knight’s squad recorded 9 field goals in the first half.

The coach’s late-February rant seemed to motivate the squad. The Cardinals won six consecutive games, including the Southland tournament title. But that momentum ended in Dayton.

Vermont expanded its lead in the second half. Overall, it was 25-for-50 from the field and 17-for-24 from the charity stripe.

Turning point: The Catamounts launched a 13-0 run during a six-minute stretch in the first half after they were down 12-9.

Key player: Four McGlynn, who has the best name in the NCAA tournament, led the Catamounts with 18 points.

Key stats: Vermont had five turnovers. Lamar was 20-for-60 from the field.

Miscellaneous: Vermont really controlled the game and played within its offensive sets. The Catamounts are a solid team.

What’s next: Vermont will face North Carolina in the second round in the NCAA tournament.