Vermont cruises past Maine 75-60 in America East quarters
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Trae Bell-Haynes and Payton Henson scored 21 apiece and Drew Urquhart finished with a double-double to power top-seeded Vermont to a 75-60 victory over No. 8 seed Maine on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the America East Conference Tournament.
Vermont will play fifth-seeded Stony Brook in a semifinal on Tuesday.
Bel-Haynes knocked down 3 of 4 from 3-point range, while his teammates hit just 3 of 17 from distance. Urquhart had 10 points and his 12 rebounds helped the Catamounts (26-6) control the boards 39-29. Vermont also had a decided advantage at the free-throw line where they sank 17 of 21 attempts, while the Black Bears made 6 of 7.
Isaiah White led Maine (6-26) with 17 points, while Aaron Calixte scored 11.
Maine jumped out to a 12-4 lead and trailed just 36-33 at halftime, but Bell-Haynes had six points and Henson scored four in a 14-4 run to begin the second half and the Catamounts never looked back. Vermont is aiming for its seventh America East championship.