Vermont to face Stony Brook for title
BURLINGTON >> Ethan O'Day scored 19 points with seven rebounds and third-seeded Vermont beat No. 4 seed New Hampshire 63-56 in an America East tournament semifinal on Monday night.
The Catamounts (21-12) will face top-seeded Stony Brook (25-6), which cruised past Hartford in the other semifinal, on Saturday in the title game.
Vermont trailed early, but a 12-0 run midway through the first half — including consecutive 3-pointers by Ernie Duncan — helped the Catamounts to a 32-21 lead at intermission.
New Hampshire got the deficit down to five after a 3-pointer by Daniel Dion 3 1/2 minutes into the second half, but Vermont slowly pulled away. A pair of free throws by O'Day, then one more from Cam Ward, gave the Cats their largest lead of 19 with 7:45 to go.
Kurt Steidl scored 13 points for Vermont and Duncan finished with 11.
Tanner Leissner led New Hampshire (19-12) with 28 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double in six games.
Stony Brook 80, Hartford 64
STONY BROOK, N.Y. >> Carson Puriefoy scored 22 points, Jameel Warney had 21 and top-seeded Stony Brook beat No. 7 seed Hartford 80-64 in an America East tournament semifinal on Monday night.
Puriefoy was 9 of 18 from the field with four 3-pointers and grabbed 10 rebounds. Warney was 7 of 13 with 13 boards.
It was tied at 31 late in the first half and Stony Brook took control from there. Lucas Woodhouse hit a 3-pointer to break the tie and the Seawolves led 36-31 at the break.
A six-point spurt early in the second half pushed the lead to 14, and an eight-point run a few minutes later all but sealed it.
Jalen Ross led Hartford (10-23) with 21 points with seven rebounds and Pancake Thomas added 18. The duo combined for nine of the Hawks' 12 3-pointers.