By: Nick Gallo
Vermont Catamounts junior forward Anthony Lamb had the green night all game as he scored a career-high 42 points to defeat the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 83-76. The Bonnies would fall to 4-7 and have lost back-to-back games.
Bonnies senior forward Courtney Stockard would lead his team tonight with 27 points. SBU held a nine-point lead at halftime and at one point extended their lead to 14.
Stockard scored with 14:39 left in the second half extending the Bonnies lead to 43-29. Foul trouble would be an issue for Stockard though as he would pick up his fourth foul at the 13:56 mark.
Vermont took advantage of Stockard being on the bench and went on a 20-5 run. Both teams would go back and forth, but Lamb led the way. He would score 20 points in the second half, and the teams ended regulation time tied at 64.
With two minutes left in overtime, Stockard drove to the lane and was called for a charge, ending his night with a fifth foul. With 2:05 left and down 68-69, freshman guard Kyle Lofton stepped up to the occasion and tied the game up with seven seconds left in overtime with a beautiful drive to basket. The teams ended the first overtime period tied 70-70.
On to a second overtime.
Lamb put the knife in the coffin by making a clutch three with 52 seconds left to give the Catamounts a 80-76 lead. Lofton try bringing them back with a career high 23 points, but it wasn’t enough.
Despite shooting 48.4% from the field, the Bonnies would be out-rebounded 44-38 and gave up 18 offensive rebounds. Without Stockard in the game, the Bonnies were not the same team, and a total of 27 personal fouls would cause trouble for the them in the end.
The Bonnies are traveling to Boston, Massachusetts to face the Northeastern Huskies this Friday, Dec. 21, at 12 p.m. in the Matthews Arena.