Thomas scores 24 as Bison hold off Vermont for a win

LEWISBURG — Zach Thomas hit his season average, scoring 24 points to help Bucknell hold off Vermont for an 81-77 win on Saturday night.

Thomas was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and 7 of 9 shooting from the floor. He also dropped in 5 of 6 free throws. Thomas, who averages 10 boards a game, had nine with five assists.

Stephen Brown added 17 points with six assists and Nana Foulland finished with 14 points and three blocks for Bucknell (4-5).

Bruce Moore hit a trey and Foulland followed with a layup as the Bison took the lead for good 63-58 with 6:07 remaining in the game.

Vermont’s Trae Bell-Haynes, who finished with 15 points, scored seven straight in the final seconds as the Catamounts closed to 77-75.

Thomas and Jimmy Sotos made seven free throws down the stretch to hold off Vermont (6-2).

Anthony Lamb had 20 points for the Catamounts.

VERMONT (6-2)

Henson 4-9 8-11 16, Lamb 9-18 1-2 20, Bell-Haynes 6-13 2-3 15, Ev.Duncan 1-2 4-4 6, Er.Duncan 3-5 3-4 12, Dingba 0-0 0-0 0, Urquhart 1-1 0-0 2, Rohrer 0-0 0-0 0, Nash 0-1 0-0 0, Ward 1-2 1-2 3, Smith 1-3 0-0 3, Shungu 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-54 19-26 77.

BUCKNELL (4-5)

Thomas 7-9 5-6 24, Moore 2-6 2-2 8, Foulland 7-12 0-3 14, Brown 6-11 4-4 17, Sotos 1-4 5-6 8, Meeks 0-1 0-0 0, Sestina 4-4 0-0 10, Newman 0-0 0-2 0, Jones 0-2 0-0 0, O’Reilly 0-2 0-0 0, Robertson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-52 16-23 81.

Halftime–Bucknell 37-35. 3-Point Goals–Vermont 6-15 (Er.Duncan 3-4, Bell-Haynes 1-1, Smith 1-2, Lamb 1-3, Ev.Duncan 0-1, Nash 0-1, Ward 0-1, Henson 0-2), Bucknell 11-24 (Thomas 5-7, Sestina 2-2, Moore 2-5, Sotos 1-2, Brown 1-4, Jones 0-2, O’Reilly 0-2). Fouled Out–Foulland. Rebounds–Vermont 26 (Bell-Haynes, Ev.Duncan 5), Bucknell 29 (Thomas 9). Assists–Vermont 5 (Bell-Haynes 2), Bucknell 18 (Brown 6). Total Fouls–Vermont 21, Bucknell 22. A–3,044 (4,000).

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