No. 1 seed Vermont turned back a first-half challenge from No. 8 New Hampshire on the way to a 77-60 win in an America East men's basketball quarterfinal game at Albany on Saturday.
The Catamounts extended their winning streak to 11 games and move on to today's semifinals with a 22-9 overall record. UNH closes out the season at 6-24.
The Wildcats were on fire early and jumped into a 27-19 lead.
But the Catamounts ran off the last 16 points of the first half to take control of the game.
UNH managed to stay within 10 points much of the second half, but could not get closer than nine points.
Vermont had a whopping 40-19 advantage in rebounds and had 16 offensive boards.
Senior forward Patrick Konan led New Hampshire with 19 points, senior guard Jordon Bronner had 14 and freshman Daniel Dion added 10. Senior center Chris Pelcher led the Wildcats with six rebounds and added six points.
Vermont senior Brian Voelkel had a triple-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
The America East men's and women's semifinals will both be played today in Albany.
Vermont plays the winner of a game between No. 4 Albany and No. 5 UMBC in one semifinal.
Winners of the men's games will meet at the site of the higher seed still in the tournament on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for the title.
The No. 3 UNH women play No. 2 Stony Brook today at 1:15. The winner advances to the championship game in Albany on Monday at 4 p.m. against either No. 1 Albany or No. 5 Hartford.
The Wildcats beat Vermont, 85-79, in the semifinals on Friday. UNH and Stony Brook split their regular season series, each winning at home. UNH beat Stony Brook, 71-68, in overtime on Jan. 11 and Stony Brook won the rematch, 76-63, on Feb. 9.
Men's ice hockey
Salem State 5, Plymouth State 1: At Salem, Mass., the Panthers led 1-0 on a goal by Londonderry's Ryan Callahan, but Salem State took control of the MASCAC championship game with three second period goals.
The Panthers finished the season with a 14-11-2 record.
Albany 13, Dartmouth 7:At Hanover, the Great Danes and Big Green were tied at 7-7 in the second half and Albany scored the last six goals to stay undefeated at 4-0. Dartmouth fell to 3-2.
UMass 12, UNH 6: At Amherst, Mass., Taylor Hurwitz recorded a career-high 16 saves but the Wildcats fell against 10th-ranked UMass.
UNH is now 2-4. UMass improved to 6-0.
UNH's Nicole Grote and Laura Puccia both scored two goals apiece and and Laura McHoul had three points. Becca Graves had a goal and an assist.
UMass was led by Sam Rush (five goals) and Erica Eipp (one goal, four assists.
Keene State 14, Franklin Pierce 9: At Keene, Kaitlin Nolan scored five goals, Kelly Chadnick had three and Eliza Witherbee and Julie Trombetta two each for the Owls, who are 2-1. Nicole Dale and Madeline Shopshire had four goals each for the Ravens, 1-1.
University of New England 11, Plymouth State 9: Freshman Dan Auger of Nashua scored three goals to help lead the Nor'Easters past the Panthers. Senior Chris Annunciata had five goals to lead Plymouth State in its season opener.
Tufts 17, Keene State 16: At Keene, Tyler McKelvie scored nine goals for the Owls, but they came up just short. Keene State, 1-3, was down 10-4 and rallied with nine straight goals but could not hold into the lead. The school record for goals belongs to Bob Bonnes, who had 10 against Clark University on April 8, 1999.
Franklin Pierce 17, Dominican 5: Junior attack Kevin Dargin scored a school-record eight goals and added an assist to lead the Ravens, 1-1. Sophomore attack Casey Burnett had three goals and two assists.