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The Catamounts took control with a 13-0 run, holding the Cardinals scoreless for 6 1/2 minutes. Over that span, Lamar misfired on nine straight shots from the field and had their first three turnovers.

Bergmann, who was a perfect 3 for 3 from the field in the opening half, started the spurt with a layup off a long outlet pass that led Knight to call a timeout and berate his team for allowing the easy basket behind the defense.

Brandon Bald then hit a short fade for Vermont’s first lead of the game before McGlynn hit another 3 and burly Ben Crenca muscled his way inside for bucket. McGlynn followed with a teardrop in the lane off glass to push the lead to 22-12.

Vermont led 30-21 at the half.

The Catamounts hit 46 percent of their shots while holding Lamar to just 9 of 31 (29 percent). Most of the Cardinals’ offense was predicated on its guards, with very few shots in the paint.

Vermont was coming off a 51-43 win over top-seeded Stony Brook in the America East tournament on Saturday. Known as one of America’s top teams on the road, they tied for sixth nationally with 11 road wins this year and have totaled 33 victories away from Patrick Gym over the last three years.

John Becker is in his first year as the Catamounts’ head coach. He was elevated to take over when Mike Lonergan left to take the George Washington job.

Lamar, coming off a 70-49 victory over McNeese State in the Southland Conference tournament title game on Saturday, had won six in a row since Knight lit up his seniors after a Feb. 22 home loss to Stephen F. Austin. Knight is in his first season at Lamar after 3-plus seasons as the head coach at Texas Tech where he replaced his Hall of Fame father, Bob Knight. After that home defeat, Knight blasted the “worst seniors” he’d ever been around, saying they were “stealing money being on scholarship” and that his players had problems “off the court, on the court, classroom, drugs.”

The Cardinals were making their sixth NCAA appearance and first since 2000.


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