BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Ethan O'Day scored a career-high 22 points and Vermont enjoyed a huge advantage in free throws in an 87-79 nonconference victory over Canisius on Saturday.
Vermont (18-9), of the America East Conference, made 27 of 31 free throws to 12 of 14 for the Golden Griffins (17-11), of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The Catamounts were 9 of 9 from the line in the final 3 minutes of the first half and led 38-30 after closing the half with a 14-3 run.
They never led by fewer than five points in the second half, when O'Day, a freshman, scored 14 of his points.
Harold Washington scored 27 points to lead Canisius, which came in averaging 9.2 3-pointers per game. They made 11 of 27, but Vermont was more efficient, making 8 of 16.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.