Lamar coach Pat Knight and Vermont bench boss John Becker described Thursday's matchup as a contrast of styles with the likely winner being the team who was able to establish their tempo. Through 20 minutes the clear winner has been Vermont.
The swarming Catamounts defense held Lamar to 29 percent shooting and just 21 points, en route to a 30-21 halftime lead. While Vermont's starters struggled to score in the opening minutes, freshmen guard Four McGlynn made the most of his opportunity with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting off the bench.
McGlynn and senior forward Pat Bergmann (six points) helped lead the Vermont bench that nearly outscored Lamar in the first half (21-20). Sophomore forward Brian Voelkel pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and tied sophomore guard Sandro Carissimo with a team-high two assists.
The Cardinals were led by senior guards Mike James and Anthony Miles who both chipped in with six points apiece. Junior forward Stan Brown grabbed six rebounds to lead Lamar who trailed for most of the stanza.
Lamar jumped out to an 8-4 lead before the first media timeout but couldn't keep the momentum going when McGlynn checked in. The Catamounts leading scorer scored all ten of his points over the next seven minutes to help Vermont grab a 22-12 lead.