Vermont holds off Mount St. Mary’s 71-69

Marqus Blakely scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Joey

Accaoui hit the game-winning free throws with 2.5 seconds left as

Vermont held off Mount St. Mary’s (Md.) 71-69 on Wednesday

night.

The Catamounts (9-5) have won seven of their last eight games

while the Mountaineers (3-9) are on a seven-game skid.

Vermont, which trailed 35-29 at halftime, tied the game on

3-pointers by Maurice Joseph and Accaoui. The score was knotted

four more times before the Catamounts used a 9-2 spurt to lead

65-58 with 3:43 remaining.

With Vermont up 68-65, Danny Thompson made two layups for Mount

St. Mary’s while the Catamounts were 1-for-2 from the free throw

line for another tie at 69 with 8 seconds left.

Accaoui was fouled by Jeremy Goode and went to the line for the

first time in the game, sinking both foul shots to seal the

win.

Goode led the Mountaineers with 20 points.