Saturday, March 11, 2017
Vermont: 2016-17 America East Men's Basketball Champions
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Payton Henson scored 17 points, Anthony Lamb had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Vermont beat Albany 56-53 on Saturday to win its sixth America East Conference Tournament.
It was the 21st straight victory for Vermont (29-5) -- the longest streak in the nation -- and the Catamounts will make their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2012. It's the longest winning streak in the 117-year history of the program, topping 18.
Vermont overcame a nine-point, second-half deficit and Henson's 3-point play with 39 seconds left broke a tie at 52. Down by three with 0.3 left, Albany's David Nichols intentionally missed his second free throw and the ball was deflected out of bounds.
Trae Bell-Haynes added eight points, five rebounds and four assists for Vermont, but he was held to 2-of-11 shooting. The Catamounts were just 33.3 percent from the floor.
Travis Charles led Albany (21-13) with 16 points and Nichols 14.