Vermont beat Maryland-Baltimore County 73-58

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP)—Marqus Blakely scored his third straight double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Vermont beat Maryland-Baltimore County 73-58 in the America East opener for both teams.

Maurice Joseph added 16 points, Evan Fjeld had 13 and Garvey Young 11 for the Catamounts (10-5), who won their third game in a row and eighth out of their last nine.

The Catamounts used an 11-2 run at the end of the first half to build a 39-28 halftime lead. UMBC cut the lead to 50-45 on a jumper by Shawn Grant with 10:14 remaining, but a few minutes later Vermont went on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach at 65-49 with 5:17 to play. Blakely closed out the run with two free throws and a layup.

It was the third straight loss for the Retrievers (1-12), who lost in the America East championship last season.

Robbie Jackson led the Retrievers with 15 points and Gilliam Chauncey added 13.

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 UMBC
Chauncey Gilliam Chauncey Gilliam
6-12,  13 Pts
3 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Vermont
Marqus Blakely Marqus Blakely
5-9,  17 Pts
14 Rebs, 7 Assists

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