Clancy Rugg (from Burlington, Vermont) holds up the America East Conference regular season title trophy in celebration at the end of the game against Stony Brook at Patrick Gym on Thursday night February 27, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.
It was an emotional night at Patrick Gym as the Vermont Catamounts hosted the Stony Brook Seawolves in a battle for first place in the America East Conference. Not only were the Catamounts trying to secure the #1 seed for the upcoming tournament in the last home game of the season, they were also honoring their six seniors before the game. With a playoff atmosphere in Patrick Gym, the first sell out of the year and many in the crowd wearing gold shirts it was sure to be a memorable game...
The Catamounts have pretty much destroyed the competition in the America East this year, beating their opponents usually by double digits. Vermont's record was 12-1 going into the game with their only loss coming at the hands of Stony Brook when Vermont played them in New York.
Vermont senior Sandro Carissimo leads the team onto the court through the dance team before the start of the game.
On to the game...
Stony Brook won the tip off and proceeded to score a three point basket. The Catamounts would take over from there and never look back taking a 20-5 lead early in the first half.
Vermont Senior Sandro Carissimo takes a jump shot.
Vermont's Hector Harold drives to the hoop between two Stony Brook players.
At the start of the game, Vermont senior Luke Apfeld was 2 point shy of 1000 career points. It was only a matter of time before he would surpass that achievement. It didn't take too long. Early in the first half Apfeld took a three pointer in front of the Stony Brook bench and drained it for his 1001st point.
Vermont Senior Luke Apfeld shoots a three pointer and
makes it for his 1001st career point.
Patrick Gym was already a buzz with excitement with the Catamounts ahead. When Luke drained the three for his 1001st point the place went wild... Stony Brook never stood a chance after that.
Vermont Senior Sandro Carissimo takes a three point shot
Vermont senior Luke Apfeld leaps for a lay up.
Vermont senior Luke Apfeld takes a charge.
Vermont senior Brian Voelkel takes a three pointer.
Vermont senior Luke Apfeld celebrates after being taken out
of the game for the last time late in the second half.
Riding on emotion and energy from senior day, the crowd and talent, the Vermont Catamounts controlled the game from the start and beat Stony Brook by a score 69-53 to earn the America East Conference regular season title and the #1 seed for the upcoming tournament in Albany, New York. If Vermont wins both of their games in the tournament they will host the America East Championship at home on Saturday March 15th. Go Cats Go!!
Congratulations to the University of Vermont Catamounts men's basketball team on a great 2013-14 season!
You can view the entire set of photos from the game here.