- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DAYTON, OHIO (AP) - Maybe Vermont is on the verge of some memorable NCAA tournament moments to add to the one it most cherishes.

Four McGlynn came off the bench to score 18 points and Vermont grabbed an early lead and hung on to beat Lamar 71-59 on Wednesday night in a first-round game.

Matt Glass added 11 points, Sandro Carissimo 10 and Brian Voelkel had 12 rebounds to help the Catamounts earn a spot against top-seeded North Carolina on Friday in Greensboro, N.C.

The Catamounts (24-11) shot 50 percent from the field, blending an inside presence with McGlynn’s touch from the perimeter.

Devon Lamb and Mike James each had 16 points for Lamar (23-12), which had won six in a row since first-year coach Pat Knight ripped his seniors after a loss in late February.

It was only Vermont’s second NCAA win, but the first one was something. A 60-57 upset of fourth-seeded Syracuse by the 13th-seeded Catamounts in the first round of the 2005 tournament is considered the biggest victory in school history.

McGlynn, the only player in all of Division I to lead his team in scoring (12.0) without starting a game and yet playing in every game, provided punch to Vermont’s offense.

He entered in the first half and immediately ignited a rally that gave the Catamounts the lead.

Still, down by as many as 16 points early in the second half, Lamar kept hanging around. It drew to seven points when Anthony Miles, who added 14 points, drove and hit a layup while falling and completed a three-point play, then hit a 3 the next possession.

But Vermont always seemed to have an answer.

Brandon Davis followed by driving the lane and banking in a shot. After a Cardinals miss, Glass popped in a jumper and the lead was back to double figures.

Moments later, after a nifty scoop shot in traffic for a bucket by Lamar’s James, McGlynn came in and promptly drilled a 3 from the right wing to make it 59-47 with just over 6 minutes left.

The Cardinals never got closer than nine points again.

The Catamounts took the lead early _ which hasn’t been a good sign for teams so far in the First Four. Both Mississippi Valley State and Iona built first-half leads and then blew them later in first-night losses to Western Kentucky and BYU, respectively.

Vermont was down 12-9 early before McGlynn starting impacting the play. He hit a 3 on his first shot, then hit another perimeter jumper to get his team in gear offensively.

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