Tournament roundup: Vermont wins third straight America East title


Vermont claimed its third straight America East title — and sixth in eight seasons — with a 66-61 victory over UMass-Lowell on Saturday in Burlington, Vt.

It was the third win of the season for the top-seeded Catamounts (28-6) over the second-seeded River Hawks (22-10).

The River Hawks took a 32-29 lead into halftime and scored to open the second half, giving them a five-point lead — their largest of the day. The Catamounts captured a 42-41 lead on a 3-pointer by TJ Long, who hit another shot from distance. Nick Fiorillo drained another three 3-pointer to extend the Vermont lead to 54-48 with 7:45 left.

The River Hawks never got closer than four points after that.

Shamir Bogues led the Catamounts with 15 points and nine rebounds. Long had 14, Aaron Deloney scored 12 and Fiorillo contributed 11.

For UMass-Lowell, Cam Morris III led the team with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Brayden O’Connor scored 14 and Ayinde Hikim added 11.

Howard 70, Delaware State 67

Four starters scored in double figures as Howard captured the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship for the second straight year in Norfolk, Va.

Howard, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, went up by 10 early, 19-9, which Delaware State pared to six at the half. But the sixth-seeded Hornets went on a 22-11 run to take a 56-51 lead with about nine minutes left. The Bison fought back and outscored Delaware State 11-4 to go up 62-60 and take the lead for good.

Just seven players appeared for Howard, with Jordan Hairston (18 points) and Marcus Dockery (15 points) playing all 40 minutes. Seth Towns and Bryce Harris each tallied 16 points in 37 minutes.

Jevin Muniz led Delaware State with 24 points in 39 minutes. Martaz Robinson added 16 points and eight rebounds.