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Vermont Pulls Away From Pesky Bobcats

Hamdem, Conn. — Brian Voelkel had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Vermont men past Quinnipiac 53-46 yesterday in nonconference action.

Trey Blue added 13 points off the bench for Vermont (5-3).

After two free throws by Jamee Jackson cut Quinnipiac’s deficit to 35-34 with 5:58 remaining in the second half, Vermont went on a 12-4 run to take a 47-38 lead with 1:32 left to play. Voelkel sparked the Catamounts with two 3-pointers during the run.

Quinnipiac (3-5) dconverted on just 3 field goals in the final 1:30 while Vermont made 6 of 9 free throws in the same time span to close out the game.

Vermont held the advantage from the free throw line in the second half, converting on seven more free throws than Quinnipiac.

New Hampshire 64, Yale 56

Durham, n.h. — Myrick Ferg posted a career-high 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead New Hampshire over Yale 64-56 Saturday in a nonconference matchup.

Patrick Konan had 14 points, and Chris Pelcher added 11 for New Hampshire (4-5), which shot 45 percent (24 of 53) from the field and never trailed in the win. Ferg (14.0), Pelcher (12.9) and Konan (12.5) all average double-digit points for the Wildcats.

Austin Morgan’s early 3-pointer gave Yale (3-7) a 3-2 lead, but it was the Bulldogs’ final advantage, as Ferg hit a jumper to help New Hampshire retake the lead and spark an 18-6 run.

Konan’s free throw capped the run as New Hampshire held a 21-8 advantage with 9:42 left in the first half.

New Hampshire, which has hit a 3-pointer in 621 consecutive games dating back to 1991, shot 6 of 18 from deep.

Jeremiah Kreisberg led Yale with 14.

Boston College 72, St. Francis (N.Y.) 64

Boston — Lonnie Jackson hit three 3-pointers in the second half, including a key one with 4:11 to play, and finished with 13 points to help Boston College pull out a victory over St. Francis.

Patrick Heckmann paced the Eagles with 18 points, while Olivier Hanlan had 13 and Joe Rahon 12.

Boston College (4-5) avoided losing to a team from the Northeast Conference for the second time this season. The Eagles fell at home to Bryant on Nov. 25.

Jalen Cannon led St. Francis (2-5) with 23 points and 13 rebounds. The Terriers lost for the fifth time in six games.

Drexel 64, Princeton 57

Princeton, n.j. — Damion Lee scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half as Drexel rallied for a nonconference victory over Princeton.

Lee’s 3-pointer with 2:04 remaining broke a 57-57 tie and put the Dragons (3-6) ahead to stay.

After Ian Hummer, Clay Wilson and T.J. Bray all missed shots for the Tigers (3-5), two free throws by Daryl McCoy increased Drexel’s lead to five points, 62-57, with 18 seconds left.

The Dragons shot 63.2 percent (12 of 19) in the second half, including all three tries from 3-point range, after shooting 40 percent (10 of 25) in the first. They trailed 32-25 at halftime.

Hummer scored 14 of his 19 points for Princeton in the first half and moved into 10th place on the Tigers’ career scoring list with 1,290 points.

Dartaye Ruffin added 12 points for Drexel, and Wilson had 12 for Princeton.