Vermont holds off Rutgers 77-71

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP)—Evan Fjeld had 19 points as Vermont beat Rutgers 77-71 in the Legends Classic on Sunday.

Despite sitting out more than 15 minutes due to illness, Marqus Blakely had 17 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, four steals and two assists for the Catamounts (2-1). Maurice Joseph added 17 points.

Mike Rosario had 22 points for the Scarlet Knights (2-1), while Jonathan Mitchell added 15 and Mike Coburn 13.

Rutgers led by as many as seven twice in the second half and Vermont rallied for two five-point leads before the game was tied at 64 and again at 70.

Blakely then made one of two free throws to give Vermont the lead for good with 34.8 seconds left.

Rutgers’ Hamady Ndiaye rebounded Blake’s miss, but had the ball stolen by Garvey Young. After a time out, Rutgers turned it over again with 14.8 seconds left and Joseph and Blakely each made two foul shots to seal it.

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Marqus Blakely Marqus Blakely
6-11,  17 Pts
9 Rebs, 2 Assists
Mike Rosario Mike Rosario
8-15,  22 Pts
1 Rebs, 1 Assists

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