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This will be the only other thread related to the historical bracket, but I made a new thread so it's more likely/easier for all to see. If you are reading this before Saturday at 1 ET, you still have a chance to submit a bracket!

I wanted an NCAA Tourney vibe to the results reveal, so I'll release them throughout the day for those at home in quarantine wishing they were watching Round of 32 games. All scores, boxes, and game summaries will be in this thread. Get excited!

Round of Speidel (32) Schedule - Saturday 3/21
All times approximate.

“From the Parking Lot!” Region

1 ET #16 08-09 Binghamton vs. #17 00-01 Maine

1 ET #8 17-18 Vermont vs. #25 10-11 BU

1:20 ET #9 14-15 Albany vs. #24 02-03 Vermont

1:20 ET #1 04-05 Vermont vs. #32 18-19 UMass Lowell


The Jay Wright Region

1:40 ET #11 12-13 Stony Brook vs. #22 04-05 Northeastern

1:40 ET #3 00-01 Hofstra vs. #30 00-01 Drexel

2:00 ET #14 07-08 UMBC vs. #19 05-06 Albany

2:00 ET #6 18-19 Vermont vs. #27 17-18 Hartford



“U Must Be Cinderella” Region

5:00 ET #7 03-04 Boston vs. #26 15-16 UNH

5:00 ET #2 17-18 UMBC vs. #31 05-06 Binghamton

5:20 ET #10 03-04 Vermont vs. #23 01-02 Boston

5:20 ET #15 06-07 Albany vs. #18 00-01 Delaware



The Jameel Warney Scored 43 Points in a Title Game!? Region

5:40 ET #13 09-10 Vermont vs. #20 12-13 Albany

5:40 ET #5 16-17 Vermont vs. #28 13-14 Albany

6:00 ET #4 15-16 Stony Brook vs. #29 07-08 Hartford

6:00 ET #12 99-00 Hofstra vs. #21 11-12 Vermont
 

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Game 1:
#16 08-09 Binghamton vs. #17 00-01 Maine

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Leaders:

Maine: Huggy Dye (18 points), Errick Greene (11 points)

Binghamton: DJ Rivera (32 points, 10 rebounds), Malik Alvin (18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists)

The Black Bears jumped out to an early 23-17 lead thanks to 8 early points from guard Huggy Dye, but an 18-4 Bearcat run propelled the 16 seed Bearcats to a lead they would not surrender. The Bearcats, led by a dominant DJ Rivera’s 32 points on 10/18 shooting, led by as many 21 points in the second half. Guard Tiki Mayben scored 11 points and dished out a team-high 7 dimes. The Black Bears were beat heavily on the glass (44-31 Binghamton edge), and only shot 37.7% (23/61) from the field. In the win, Reggie Fuller scored 9 points, grabbed 10 caroms and blocked 4 shots for the Bearcats. 08-09 Binghamton awaits the winner of 04-05 Vermont/18-19 UMass Lowell.

Game 2:
#8 17-18 Vermont vs. #25 10-11 BU

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BU: John Holland (18 points, 8 rebounds), Jake O’Brien (11 points, 6 rebounds)

UVM: Payton Henson (29 points on 10/16 FG, 4/7 3FG), Trae Bell-Haynes (10 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists)

The 2010-11 Terriers started quickly, as a D.J. Irving 3 followed by a John Holland slam propelled Boston to an early 5-0 lead. But this was Payton Henson’s day, as the Catamount senior hit 10 of 16 shots, including 8 of 11 in the second half, to pace Vermont throughout the contest. The Terriers kept the deficit within single digits until the 10 minute mark of the second half, when an Everett Duncan (5 points) three paired with a Ra Kpedi layup pushed the lead to 14. The Terriers would not get as close 11 the rest of the way and the 17-18 Catamounts advanced into the Sweet Sixteen. It was a struggle foe BU’s DJ Irving all afternoon, as the guard scored 7 points on 3/13 shooting in the loss. Anthony Lamb added 7 points and 10 rebounds for the victorious Cats.
 

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Game 3:
#9 14-15 Albany vs. #24 02-03 Vermont

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UVM: Coppenrath (21 points, 5 rebounds), Matt Sheftic (13 points)

ALB: Rowley (16 points, 11 rebounds), Ray Sanders (15 points, 10 rebounds)

The first upset in the “From the Parking Lot!” Region saw the 24th seed 02-03 Catamounts push past the 9th seeded 14-15 Great Danes, 76-73 in the Round of Speidel (32). The Catamounts were hot out of the gates, jumping out to a 24-9 lead after Matt Sheftic slammed home a nice feed from Scotty Jones. The Great Danes slowly crawled there way back into it, cutting the lead to just one with 2:15 to play on a Dallas Ennema free throw. However, a 6-0 Catamount run pushed the lead back to seven with 50 seconds remaining. Down 4 with 11 seconds left, Peter Hooley knocked down his first 3 pointer of the day to keep Albany’s hope alive. After Taylor Coppenrath hit two free throws, Hooley’s game-tying three hit front rim and sent the Great Danes home. In the defeat, Hooley struggled throughout the afternoon, scoring 11 points on just 3/12 FG. 02-03 Vermont will face 17-18 Vermont in the Round of 16.

Game 4:
#1 04-05 Vermont vs. #32 18-19 UMass Lowell

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UML: Lutete (23 points), Noel (10 points)

UVM: Sorrentine (21 points), Coppenrath (21 points)

#1 04-05 Vermont led for all but 30 seconds in their opening round win against a pesky 18-19 Riverhawks squad looking for an epic upset. The Catamounts surged out to an early double digit lead, but Christian Lutute scored 7 of his 23 points in the final four minutes of the first half to cut the deficit to just nine at intermission. The Catamounts struggled to put the Riverhawks away as Taylor Coppenrath (7/20 FG) struggled from the floor, and the 32 seed narrowed the deficit to just six after a Josh Gantz three with 31 seconds left. However, the Catamounts hit four of six free throws in the final 30 seconds to move on to the Round of 16.
 

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Game 5:
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12-13 Stony Brook vs. #22 04-05 Northeastern

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NE: Jose Juan Berea (21 points, 5 assists), Shawn James (15 points, 17 rebounds)

SBU: Warney (11 points, 7 rebounds), Tommy Brenton (12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists)

It was a tight, back and forth battle between JJ Barea’s Huskies and Tommy Brenton’s Seawolves in this Round of Speidel (32) matchup. The Huskies opened a 5 point lead with 5:16 to play after a Bennet Davis tip-in, but a three from Carson Puriefoy and a bucket from Dave Coley (15 points) tied the game at 55. JJ Barea responded, however, scoring six points over the next two minutes to give the Huskies a 5 point edge. Dave Coley would cut it to a one-possession game with 32 seconds remaining, but after Barea split a pair of free throws, Leonard Hayes clanked a three off the rim and sealed the Seawolves’ fate. The Huskies pulled the upset despite an uncharacteristically poor performance from senior guard Marcus Barnes (5 points on 2/7 FG).

Game 6:
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00-01 Hofstra vs. #30 00-01 Drexel

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DREX: Joe Linderman (16 points)

HOF: Roberto Gittens (15 points and 8 rebounds), Norman Richardson (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists)

Jay Wright and the 3 seed Pride got off to a strong start in the Jay Wright Region, defeating the Dragons of Drexel by 16 in a relatively calm contest. In the biggest snooze-fest of the tournament thus far, the Dragons struggled mightily on offense, shooting 37/28/54 from the field, and turning the ball over 15 times. Despite shooting an abysmal 9/23 (39%) from the foul stripe, the Pride easily moved on thanks to a strong interior game that dominated the glass 45-32. The Pride await the winner of 07-08 UMBC and 05-06 Albany.
 

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Game 7:
#14 07-08 UMBC vs. #19 05-06 Albany

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Albany: Jamar Wilson (12 points, 7 rebounds), Levi Levine (11 points, 6 rebounds)

UMBC: Darryl Proctor (19 points, 6 rebounds), Ray Barbosa (15 points, 7 rebounds)

The 07-08 UMBC Retrievers held off a second half run by the 05-06 Great Danes to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. After leading by 2 at the halftime break, the Retrievers jumped out to a 15 point lead after Brian Hodges (11 points) tipped in a Ray Barbosa miss with 7:49 to play. The Great Danes responded with a 9-0 spurt that was capped off by a Lucious Jordan lay-up to cut the lead to 6 with 5:18 remaining. However, the Retrievers held Albany to 0/6 shooting over the game's final 5 minutes, and the Retrievers converted enough free throws to come out victorious. In the win, UMBC also saw strong performances from Cavell Johnson (11 points, 9 rebounds) and Jay Greene (7 points, 7 assists. Star guard Jamar Wilson struggled in the contest for the Great Danes, scoring 12 points on 4/14 FG.

Game 8:
#6 18-19 Vermont vs. #27 17-18 Hartford

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Hartford: J.R. Lynch (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists), John Carroll (15 points, 7 rebounds)

Vermont: Lamb (21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks), Stef Smith (14 points, 7 rebounds)

Both teams came out scorching hot in the first half of this one, and the underdog Hawks jumped out to a 32-25 lead after a pair of John Carroll free throws. However, the Catamounts responded with 9 straight points of their own, and eventually the game was tied up at the break, 38-38. The teams were not so hot in the second half, but the Hawks were able to open up a 4 point led with 7:11 to play after a Hassan Attia personal 6-0 run. Unfortunately for Hartford, the Hawks would go scoreless over the next 7:05, while the Catamounts scored 14 points to open a 65-55 lead. The Catamounts move on and advance despite a cold shooting day from star Anthony Lamb, who shot 6/20 (0/5 3FG) from the field. In the defeat, Hartford guard Jason Dunne struggled, scoring just 5 points on 2/11 FG.
 

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Game 9:
#7 03-04 Boston vs. #26 15-16 UNH

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UNH: Leissner (21 points, 11 rebounds), Jaleen Smith (17/5/4)

BU: Ryan Butt (17 points, 13 rebounds), Chaz Carr (16 points)

In the biggest upset of the day thus far the 15-16 UNH Wildcats defeated the 03-04 Terriers of Boston 91-81 in overtime. Up 6 with the ball and just 33 seconds left in regulation, UNH’s Iba Camara missed a pair of free throws. After Matt Turner (17 points) missed a 3, Rashad Bell grabbed the offensive board that led to a Turner make from distance to make the score 74-71. Down 3 after Iba Camara hit two clutch free throws with 3 seconds remaining, the Terriers threw the ball to Chaz Carr who hit a miraculous, buzzer-beating three point basket to send the game to overtime. UNH was not phased entering the extra stanza, however, as Jaleen Smith converted an and-1 on the period’s first possession. After 6 consecutive empty trips, Joe Bramanti nailed a wing 3 at the end of the shot clock to boost the lead to 6. A Taylor Leissner 3 with 1:01 put the game on ice, and the Wildcats stunned the Terriers to move into the Sweet Sixteen.

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Game 10:
#2 17-18 UMBC vs. #31 05-06 Binghamton

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Binghamton: Sebastian Hermenier (23 points, 5 rebounds), Andre Heard (14 points, 10 rebounds)

UMBC: Jairus Lyles (22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists), KJ Maura (13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists), Joe Sherburne (18 points)

The team for which the region was named put on a show from behind the arc in this Round of Speidel (32) win over Binghamton, as the 17-18 Retrievers hit 12 of 22 three point attempts in their 21-point win. The Bearcats kept things close in the early second half, cutting the lead to just one with 17:33 to play after a Sebastian Hermenier jumpshot. The Retrievers opened up a double digit lead with 11 minutes to play, but the Bearcats had a chance to cut the deficit to single digits with 4 remaining. However, Andre Heard missed the front end of the 1-and-1 and UMBC caught fire, scoring 14 points over the next 2+ minutes to put the game away. Aside from Hermenier (7/14) and Heard (5/11), Bearcats players shot just 7/33 from the field. Binghamton guard Mike Gordon accumulated 7 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds in the loss, while Arkel Lamar added 15 points for the victorious Retrievers.


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Game 11:
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BU: Matt Turner (16 points, 6 rebounds), Billy Collins (11 points, 8 rebounds)

UVM: TJ Sorrentine (22 points, 5 boards, 7 assists), Germain Njila (15 points, 9 boards, 4 assists)

The 03-04 Catamounts erased a halftime deficit to comfortably defeat the 01-02 Terriers, 81-65. The Terriers jumped out to a 34-26 lead in the first half after a Kevin Fitzgerald free throw, but two late buckets by Taylor Coppenrath (13 points, 8 rebounds) cut the deficit to three at the break. After halftime, it was all 03-04 Vermont. Powered by a 25-4 run, the Catamounts opened up their biggest lead of the day at 17 points with 5 minutes remaining and never looked back.

Game 12:
#15 06-07 Albany vs. #18 00-01 Delaware

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DEL: Billy Wells (17 points), Ajmal Basit (10 points, 13 rebounds)

ALB: Jason Siggers (21 points), Jamar Wilson (17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists)

The 06-07 Great Danes broke the day-long Albany slump and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a six point win over the Blue Hens of 00-01 Delaware. After Jamar Wilson missed a contested jumper, Maurice Sessoms drove the length of floor and hit a layup while being fouled by Brian Connelly to give the Blue Hens a 20-12 lead in the first half. However, the Great Danes responded, scoring 23 of the 34 total points before intermission to take a halftime lead. The game remained tight throughout the second half until Jamar Wilson and Jason Siggers had a quick 8-0 burst to open a 61-52 lead with 6:33 remaining. The Great Danes missed some free throws, late but Billy Wells’ desperation threes continually fell short in the final minute, giving Albany a ticket to the Sweet Sixteen.
 

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Game 13:
#13 09-10 Vermont vs. #20 12-13 Albany

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Leaders:

ALB: Mike Black (22 points), Peter Hooley (14 points)

UVM: Marqus Blakely (13 points, 7 rebounds), Maurice Joseph (13 points)

The 12-13 Albany Great Danes pulled off an upset of the 09-10 Vermont Catamounts in convincing fashion, 78-62. The Catamounts came out flat, scoring 9 points over the game’s first 12 minutes and falling behind 23-9. Trailing 32-14 with 4 minutes to play in the half, Vermont cut the deficit to just nine with help from Garvey Young (5 points) and Evan Fjeld (12 points). Vermont clawed back to within five after a Fjeld jumper with 13:08 to play, but 6-0 Sam Rowley run bumped the lead back to double digits, and the Great Danes never looked back. In the win, Peter Hooley scored 14 points on 5/6 shooting (2/2 3FG) in 17 minutes off the bench.

Game 14:
#5 16-17 Vermont vs. #28 13-14 Albany

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ALB: Peter Hooley (25 points, 5 assists), DJ Evans (17 points)

UVM: Bell-Haynes (21 points, 6 assists), Kurt Steidl (15 points)

The 5 seeded 16-17 Vermont escaped victorious against a pesky 13-14 Albany team in the Round of Speidel (32), 82-77. In a game where neither team led by more than two possessions, the lead changed multiple times in the final minutes. Down 4 with 2:36 to play, Peter Hooley hit a corner three to cut the deficit to one, After Payton Henson missed a jumper, Sam Rowley found John Puk for a slam and an Albany 1 point edge. After the Catamounts regained a three point edge on four made free throws, DJ Evans hit a jump shot to cut it to one once again. After a missed Henson jumpsuit, Albany had a chance for the lead, but Rowley’s shot fell short with 21 seconds to play. With one last chance, DJ Evans missed a pair of threes to tie the game with less than 10 seconds remaining, and the Catamounts escaped to the Sweet Sixteen. Cam Ward had 11 points in 10 minutes off the bench for the victorious Catamounts, while Gary Johnson added 10 points and 9 caroms for Albany.

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Game 15:
#4 15-16 Stony Brook vs. #29 07-08 Hartford

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HART: Jaret Von Rosenburg (16 points, 5 assists), Joe Zeglinski (14 points)

SBU: Jameel Warney (20 points, 11 rebounds), Ahmad Walker (12 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists)

The 07-08 Hartford Hawks nearly stunned the 15-16 Stony Brook Seawolves, but a Morgan Sabia game-winning 3 attempt at the horn missed from the right corner, allowing the Seawolves to advance. The Seawolves opened up a 13 point lead with 6:13 to play, but the Hawks fought back. Both Jaret Von Rosenbrug and Joe Zeglinski caught fire, and after an Andre Torres bucket the lead was cut to 3. With 41 seconds left and the lead at 3, Stony Brook’s Carson Puriefoy was called for an offensive foul which gave possession to Hartford. Warren McLendon hit a quick 2 to cut the deficit to just 1, and a missed Puriefoy free throw gave Hartford the chance for the lead. However, three missed shots in the final eight seconds, including an easy tip-in by Rich Baker, cost Hartford the chance of a legendary upset. In the win, Lucas Woodhouse added 13 points, while Puriefoy added 11 points and a game-high 5 steals.

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Game 16:
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Leaders:

UVM: Brian Voelkel (9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals)

HOF: Speedy Claxton (19 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists), Jason Hernandez (15 points)

The 99-00 Hofstra Pride, led by Speedy Claxton, raced past the woefully-shooting Catamounts 72-59. The game was tight throughout the opening 16 minutes, and a Brendan Bald (9 points) three gave Vermont a 26-24 edge. However, 17-2 run over the next 3:47 gave Hofstra a 13 point edge before Four McGlynn hit a half court heave at the buzzer to cut the lead to 10. The Catamounts missed 11 of their first 12 shots to open the half, and found themselves down 16 with 12:54 to play. In the end, 32% shooting from the field (including 17% from 3) led the 11-12 Catamounts to an early exit. In the loss, no Catamount scored more than 9 points.
 

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Bracket through the Round of Speidel (32):

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Round of 16 tomorrow with full box scores! Any thoughts on the first day of results?
 

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Thanks again for doing this. It’s fun to watch the results come in. Also fun to see some names that I haven’t thought about for years but who were really good players, like Ahmad Walker and Norman Richardson.

One thing I’m kind of happy about is that 13 of the 16 teams left are current conference members. Obviously would like to see a Vermont team win, but if not, would like to see one of the other current members win. BU, Delaware and Drexel all out, so it’s just the Barea Northeastern team and the two Hofstra teams left as spoilers. Unfortunately all three of those are really good teams, and the Hofstra teams especially.

Some fun matchups in the next round. The 17-18 UMBC vs. 06-07 Albany is a nice one. That Albany team was really good.
 

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Game 5:
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12-13 Stony Brook vs. #22 04-05 Northeastern

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Leaders:

NE: Jose Juan Berea (21 points, 5 assists), Shawn James (15 points, 17 rebounds)

SBU: Warney (11 points, 7 rebounds), Tommy Brenton (12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists)

It was a tight, back and forth battle between JJ Barea’s Huskies and Tommy Brenton’s Seawolves in this Round of Speidel (32) matchup. The Huskies opened a 5 point lead with 5:16 to play after a Bennet Davis tip-in, but a three from Carson Puriefoy and a bucket from Dave Coley (15 points) tied the game at 55. JJ Barea responded, however, scoring six points over the next two minutes to give the Huskies a 5 point edge. Dave Coley would cut it to a one-possession game with 32 seconds remaining, but after Barea split a pair of free throws, Leonard Hayes clanked a three off the rim and sealed the Seawolves’ fate. The Huskies pulled the upset despite an uncharacteristically poor performance from senior guard Marcus Barnes (5 points on 2/7 FG).

Game 6:
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00-01 Hofstra vs. #30 00-01 Drexel

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DREX: Joe Linderman (16 points)

HOF: Roberto Gittens (15 points and 8 rebounds), Norman Richardson (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists)

Jay Wright and the 3 seed Pride got off to a strong start in the Jay Wright Region, defeating the Dragons of Drexel by 16 in a relatively calm contest. In the biggest snooze-fest of the tournament thus far, the Dragons struggled mightily on offense, shooting 37/28/54 from the field, and turning the ball over 15 times. Despite shooting an abysmal 9/23 (39%) from the foul stripe, the Pride easily moved on thanks to a strong interior game that dominated the glass 45-32. The Pride await the winner of 07-08 UMBC and 05-06 Albany.
Nice win by Bing!
 

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Sweet Sixteen Sunday!

1:00 ET #8 17-18 Vermont vs. #24 02-03 Vermont


1:00 ET #3 00-01 Hofstra vs. #14 07-08 UMBC


1:20 ET #6 18-19 Vermont vs. #22 04-05 Northeastern


1:20 ET #1 04-05 Vermont vs. #16 08-09 Binghamton


1:40 ET #5 16-17 Vermont vs. #12 99-00 Hofstra


1:40 ET #2 17-18 UMBC vs. #15 06-07 Albany


2:00 ET #10 03-04 Vermont vs. #26 15-16 UNH


2:00 ET #4 15-16 Stony Brook vs. #20 12-13 Albany
 

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Game 17:
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17-18 Vermont vs. #24 02-03 Vermont

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The 17-18 Catamounts cruised to a win over their 02-03 counterpart in the Sweet Sixteen. The 24th seeded 02-03 Catamounts kept the game close throughout the first 22 minutes, but a 21-1 run by 17-18 Vermont pushed the lead from 43-38 to 64-39 with just 8 minutes to play. The 02-03 squad struggled mightily from the field, making just 36% (21/58) of their shots and 54% of their free throws (13/24). Payton Henson continued his productive offensive play, leading all scores with 17 points.

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Game 18:
#3 00-01 Hofstra vs. #14 07-08 UMBC

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The 00-01 Hofstra Pride held off a furious 07-08 UMBC comeback to advance to the Elite Eight. The Retrievers trailed from the jump, falling behind 20-8 just 6+ minutes into the game. The Pride’s lead grew to as many 25 in the second half after Joel Suarez’ free throw sent Randy Monroe’s tie into the third row and gave Hofstra a 71-46 lead with 8:53 to play. Then suddenly, UMBC came alive. The 07-08 Retrievers scored on 13 of the next 14 offensive trips, cutting the lead to just after a Darryl Proctor layup with 1:05 to play. Unphased, Hofstra’s Norman Richardson drilled a jumper to extend the lead to five, and UMBC would get no closer.

Richardson led all scorers with 21 points on 7/13 shooting, while Jason Hernandez added 15. For the Retrievers, Darryl Proctor earned a double-double with 16 points and 16 caroms, while Cavell Johnson led the team with 18 points.

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Game 19:
#6 18-19 Vermont vs. #22 04-05 Northeastern

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J.J. Barea and the 22 seed 04-05 Northeastern Huskies pulled off another stunner, this time in the Sweet Sixteen, defeating the 18-19 America East champion Catamounts 90-85. The Huskies jumped out to a lead as large as 14 in the first half, as both Berea (28 points) and Shawn James (23 points) continued their tournament success. However, five late points from Stef Smith brought the Catamounts within a manageable 6 points at the break.

The Catamounts took their first lead of the second half on a Sam Dingba jumper with 7:46 to play, and the teams swapped buckets for nearly 7 minutes, until the scoreboard read 82-82 with 52 seconds remaining. After an Ernie Duncan miss, JJ Barea hit two free throws to give the Huskies the 2 point edge. After a missed 3 pointer, the Catamounts had to foul Shawn James, who hit both of his free throws. The Catamounts continued to miss, while the Huskies hit their free throws, and the underdog Huskies ran out the clock on 18-19 Vermont’s tournament run.

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Game 20:
#1 04-05 Vermont vs. #16 08-09 Binghamton

The #1 overall seeded 04-05 Vermont Catamounts defeated the 08-09 Binghamton Bearcats 109-106 in an epic double-overtime thriller. The first half saw neither team lead by more than six points, but the Bearcats jumped out to an early second half lead of 49-38 lead after a Tiki Mayben layup with 15:25 remaining. The Bearcats would continue to lead until a 10-0 UVM run gave the Catamounts their first lead of the second half with 5:07 to play. With the game tied at 76 with 1:04 to play, Taylor Coppenrath fouled DJ Rivera, who hit the pull-up jumper with contact, and the Bearcats found themselves up 3 after the and-1 conversion with 1:04 left. Up 1 and at the free throw line, DJ Rivera split a pair of free throws with 14 seconds remaining. With time expiring, TJ "From the Parking Lot" Sorrentine broke the hearts of the Binghamton faithful as he buried a long two point jumper and sent the game to overtime.

The first overtime was a back-and-forth affair, with DJ Rivera giving Binghamton a 91-90 edge with 39 seconds left on a short jumper. However, the Catamounts quickly pushed the ball up the floor and Taylor Coppenrath pulled up and buried a straightaway 3 to give the ‘Cats the 2 point advantage. It was then Tiki Mayben’s turn to come through in the clutch as he knocked down a pull up jumper to tie the game which sent it to yet another overtime period.

The Bearcats led by four on three different occasions in the second overtimes, but back to back Coppenrath jumpers tied the game at 104-104. With the game tied and just 30 seconds to play, Malik Alvin’s jump shot fell short and the rebound was controlled by the Catamounts. Despite Coppenrath and Sorrentine’s combined 77 points, the Catamounts surprised the whole arena, including Binghamton, by setting up a play for Germain Mopa Njila at the horn. Releasing the ball tenths of a second before the buzzer sounded, Njila’s three point hoist went through the nets to the delight of Vermont faithful, sending the #1 overall seed into the Regional Final.

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Game 21:
1:40 ET #5 16-17 Vermont vs. #12 99-00 Hofstra

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In another thriller involving a classic Vermont team, the 12th seeded 99-00 Hofstra Pride pulled the upset on the 5th seeded 16-17 Catamounts, 87-85 in overtime. Hofstra could not miss in the first half, scoring 49 points in the period. The Pride will hold the lead until a 3 point field goal from Trae Bell-Haynes gave Vermont a two point advantage with 6:51 to play. The teams exchanged buckets for the next 6 minutes, and the Pride found themselves down 2 points with less than 30 seconds to play. Abdou Sylla hit the game-tying jumper with just four seconds to play, and Trae Bell-Hayne’s ensuing miss sent the game to an extra period.

Hofstra’s dynamic scoring duo of Speedy Claxton (25 points) and Jason Hernandez (27 points) came through in the overtime period, scoring nine of the team’s 10 points. After Bell-Haynes redeemed himself with a game-tying jumpshot with seven seconds to play, the Pride inbounded the ball to Speedy Claxton, who pulled up and hit the go-ahead, game winning jumper with 1 second to play. A Vermont long heave was unsuccessful and the Pride bench tackled Claxton in celebration. In the loss, Anthony Lamb scored 22 points on 8/11 shooting.

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Game 22:
1:40 ET #2 17-18 UMBC vs. #15 06-07 Albany

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The 17-18 Retrievers used a second half offensive surge to carry themselves past Jamar Wilson and the 06-07 Great Danes. The game was tightly contested throughout the opening 29 minutes, and a Brian Connelly runner brought the Great Danes within 1 at 47-46. Then, KJ Maura took over. The senior point guard scored nine points in the next three possessions, hitting two corner threes and converting an old-fashioned three point play. With the lead now at 8, UMBC pushed the lead to double digits for the first time all afternoon after a Joe Sherburne three and a Daniel Akin short jumper. Despite Jamar Wilson’s impressive 23 point performance, Jason Siggers scored a measly 2 points while missing all ten of his field goal attempts in the loss. Leading all scorers for the victorious Retrievers was senior Jourdan Grant off the bench, scoring 18 points on 7/14 shooting.

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