Posts Tagged ‘Legends Classic’

Recapping UVM’s long road trip

November 29, 2009

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Vermont men’s basketball team wrapped up play in the Legends Classic with an 82-49 pasting of Toledo today. The performance soothed the sting of prior losses this week to Drexel, Cornell and Providence.

UVM coach Mike Lonergan summed up the stretch — five games in eight days — in one very long breath during today’s press conference:

“We really needed a win to make sure we didn’t lose any confidence. Obviously we played great at Rutgers, and people will see Rutgers is a pretty good team. They beat UMass.

“But then we got drilled in Providence and played with no energy, no intensity, not a whole lot of effort; and Providence jumped all over us.

“Drexel is a tough team and we didn’t match their physicality, and shot poorly. We lost our composure in the first half and Marqus let the referees affect his game.

“Yesterday (against Cornell), I thought we played well early and just didn’t make shots. I was disappointed with the loss but I thought we played a lot better than we did the last two games.

“Today (against winless Toledo),  from start to finish we played defense. That was the key. … We didn’t let up. That team always comes back in the second half, no matter whether they are playing  Michigan State Drexel they cut it to 6. They always come back, and we kept  the intensity and put them away.”

No time to dwell on loss to Drexel

November 27, 2009

PHILADELPHIA — Here’s  the audio from UVM coach Mike Lonergan and senior guard Maurice Joseph during a press conference after the Catamounts suffered a 74-61  loss to Drexel this afternoon in the Legends Classic.

MoJo emphasized the Catamount guards were outplayed. Lonergan wasn’t happy about Maqus Blakely’s lack of composure in the first half or the team’s foul shooting in the second half. Here’s the box score.

“Drexel is a better team than us, that’s for sure,” Lonergan said. “They are tougher than us, that’s for darn sure.”

Drexel (2-3), a former America East school, has a 21-7 series lead over UVM.

Vermont doesn’t have time to dwell on the loss. It has to quickly get ready to play Cornell, the two-time defending Ivy League champion, on Saturday at 2 p.m. Cornell posted a 78-60 win over Toledo in Friday’s other game.

Cornell (3-2) had impressive wins over Alabama and Massachusetts before falling to a pair of Big East teams in Seton Hall and Syracuse. The Big Red have four players — Ryan Wittman (17.5), Chris Wroblewski (12.5), Jeff Foote (11.3) and Louis Dale (11) — averaging in double figures.

“We are confident that our offense is going to come,” Joseph said. “What we are worrying about is trying to rebound and defend better. We are not going to win on  the road missing free throws and having plays that show mental weakness.”

Joseph and Blakely have reached double-digit scoring in all five games this season.

UVM heads to Philly for 3 straight games

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, Catamount fans!

I’ve been out of town for the holidays, but I will rejoin the UVM men’s basketball team — and return to regular blog posts — this weekend in Philadelphia, just a few miles from my hometown in South Jersey.

The Catamounts are playing three straight games in the Philadelphia Subregional of the Legends Classic, which has a goofy format. The Cats beat Rutgers  on Sunday in the first round of the 12-team tournament, but instead of advancing to the championship round in Atlantic City, N.J., they — along with other mid major schools — have been funneled to Drexel University for three predetermined games.

Here’s a more detailed description of the tournament and the schedule of games.

Vermont opens against host Drexel on Friday at 4:30 p.m., plays defending Ivy League champion Cornell on Saturday and faces Toledo  on Sunday.

Drexel (1-3) is coming off a 58-49 victory over Penn. Drexel’s losses to St. Joseph’s, Niagara and Rutgers were decided by seven points or less. Junior guard Jamie Harris leads the team with 14.8 points per game while guards Gerald Colds and Derrick Thomas each average 11 points. The Dragons’ stingy defense has given up only 65 points a game; their offense, on the other hand, has produced an average of only 62.5 points.

Drexel, picked to finish seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association’s preseason poll, lost 58-56 at Rutgers, a Big East team Vermont beat 77-71 two days later.

Vermont lost 106-64 loss at Providence on Tuesday. The last time Vermont gave up more than 100 points in a game was in a 108-78 loss to Drexel in 1995.