Mourning after Delaware defeat

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In a brief ceremony prior to the  University of Vermont men’s basketball team’s game against Delaware at Patrick Gym, 2009 graduate Mike Trimboli received the ball that he scored his 2,000th point with.

The Catamounts could have used some of Trimboli’s shooting Sunday.

Vermont had its worst offensive outing of the season in a 56-50 defeat to Delaware. The Cats’ 50 points, 30.4-percent shooting, 3-for-20 3-point shooting and 59-percent foul shooting are season lows. Here’s the box score and game story.

UVM senior forward Marqus Blakely’s 11 points was his second lowest output of the season. Senior guard Maurice Joseph (3-for-11 shooting, 2-for-6 foul shooting) also struggled offensively, thanks in large part to a wrist injury he suffered last week in practice.

“Teams are going to key on Marqus, and we have to make shots,” UVM coach Mike Lonergan said. “As much as I love defense, we to be able to make a wide-open 3 and a free throws — especially our own gym.”

Lonergan was also critical of Vermont being outrebounded 46-35. UVM’s six guards who played in the game combined for nine boards.

“We play a little soft sometimes when we get in there; we have to keep getting tougher,” Lonergan said. “We are not a real tough team. That’s where our guards have to get in there and mix it up a little more. You can’t expect Marqus and Evan to get all the rebounds. Our guards are standing on the foul line watching. You got be willing to mix it up in there. We have a lot of wing players who have to do a better job on the boards.”

The last time UVM scored fewer than 50 points in a game was in a 66-44 loss at Michigan State on Nov.21, 2006.

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Vermont’s players will get a four-day break, returning to practice Friday evening to prepare for a Dec. 28 game at Marist, which is 0-8 after Sunday’s 70-5 loss to Binghamton.

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