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America East Quarterfinals: Vermont Comes Back, Albany Rolls

Vermont had a little scare in the first half of its quarterfinal game, but came back to get to the semifinals. They will face the Great Danes of Albany, which had no issues in its first game. Here is a recap of the early action.

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Vermont Into Semifinals

Vermont took its first step to advancing to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday by running past Hew Hampshire, 77-60.

It wasn't easy after New Hampshire held an 8-point lead with seven minutes to go in the first half. But the Catamounts went on a 16-point run to end the half and the Wildcats were held without a basket until after the break.

Brian Voelkel ended the day with a triple-double, compiling 10 points, 14 boards and 10 assists in the win. Clancy Rugg and Candon Rusin each had 15 points for Vermont.

New Hampshire was led by Patrick Konan, who scored 19 points off the bench for the Wildcats. Jordon Bronner added 14 points.

Albany Likes Home Court Advantage

The Great Danes didn't need to worry about traveling for the America East Tournament and showed how comfortable they are at home. Albany took out UMBC in a rout, 86-56, to advance to the semifinals and a showdown with top-seeded Vermont.

Peter Hooley had a fantastic day shooting, going 12-for-16 from the floor, including 5 of 6 from behind the arc. He finished with 30 points. Sam Rowley added 15 more as the Great Danes shot 56 percent from the floor.

Rodney Elliott and Quentin Jones each had 18 points for the Retrievers in the loss.