BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Ernie Duncan scored 20 points and Vermont rode a huge first half to a 78-50 victory over Binghamton on Saturday.
Vermont led 16-10 then closed the first half on a 20-4 run to lead 36-14 at the break. Oddly, there was no scoring in the final 2:27 of the period.
Duncan’s 20 points included four 3-pointers — he made 4 of 9 — and six free throws in six attempts. Samuel Dingba added 10 points and his 14 rebounds led a beyond-decisive 47-16 rebounding advantage for the Catamounts (15-4, 5-0 America East). Vermont also made 17 of 20 free throws.
Sam Sessoms scored 19 points to lead Binghamton (5-14, 1-3). Caleb Stewart added 14 points and five rebounds. Chancellor Barnard added six rebounds and only one other player had as many as two rebounds for the Bearcats.
The Catamounts improved to 8-1 at home with their sixth consecutive win overall. The last time Vermont started a season 14-4 the Catamounts famously defeated No. 4-seed Syracuse in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.