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Getting Vier back on point

February 1, 2010

University of Vermont men’s basketball coach Mike Lonergan was satisfied with Joey Accaoui’s performance during his eight-game stint as starting point guard.

But he opted to return Nick Vier to the starting role Saturday for a couple of reasons.

In order to have a successful stretch run, the Catamounts need Vier, who has been in a “funk” this season, to regain his confidence and reach his potential. Vier took a step in that direction during UVM’s runaway win over Albany on Saturday at Patrick Gym.

“Nick played one of his better games this year,” Lonergan said. “He didn’t shoot well, but he played the way we need him to play: Put defensive pressure on (Albany’s) point guard the entire game and set the tone for us defensively, which allowed Garvey (Young) to get up on his man. For the first time in a while, we didn’t allow another team’s best players to hurt us.”

Under the weight of heavy expectations, Vier’s play has been erratic this winter and he tumbled out of the starting lineup at the beginning of January.

“Joey has done a good job, but for us to reach our goals, I think we really have to have Nick be our point guard,” Lonergan said. “Joey will play minutes at the point. Joey struggles getting good shots from the point-guard position. It’s easier for him to get open shots when he plays off the ball. He got some good shots from playing on the wing (against Albany). I think it worked well.”

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The Catamounts learned today they will face Fairfield in the ESPNU BracketBusters’ series. The game will take place either Feb. 19 or Feb. 20 at Patrick Gym.

Vermont was one of 98 teams selected to play in the BracketBusters event, designed to give mid-major programs publicity. The Catamounts’ game against Fairfield is not one of the 11 ESPN has scheduled to televise. It’s safe to assume the Cats fell out of consideration for a TV game after their three-game losing streak.

Fairfield has a 15-7 record and is in third place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with an 8-4 mark.

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Accaoui Catamounts’ point guard?

December 2, 2009

I’m back in Burlington for the first time since the day before the University of Vermont men’s basketball team played at Rutgers. Heck, I’m worn out just traveling and writing, so I can imagine how exhausted the Catamounts are after playing six games in 10 days.

One player showed no signs of fatigue during Tuesday’s grind-it-out, 63-58 victory at Dartmouth: Junior guard Joey Accaoui, who splashed in a career-high 17 points.

After the game, UVM coach Mike Lonergan hinted at the possibility of Accaoui becoming the Catamounts’ primary point guard.

“Late in the game I thought he was tremendous,” Lonergan said about Accaoui. “We might think about giving him a look to be our point guard; we just have to figure out what our best lineup is. He kept his composure, he took the ball to the basket, he made the right decisions and he’s a terrific free-throw shooter.”

It’s hard to tell if Lonergan is ready to move Accaoui to the point, or if he is simply putting a charge in senior Nick Vier, who has been the starting — although inconsistent — point guard in every game this season.

When asked about the possibility, Accaoui did his best to defuse any talk of a point-guard controversy.

“I just go out there and try to play my game. That’s my job to come off the bench and bring energy at the guard position,” Accaoui said. “Nick is a great player and we are going to need him to play well for us to win, so I’m not really worried about that. I think he’ll be back and playing well soon. I just keep playing my role, that’s to get on the floor and stay aggressive.”

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