ALBANY, N.Y. -- Candon Rusin scored 18 points and three others hit double figures to help Vermont beat Maryland-Baltimore County 85-72 Sunday and advance to its third America East Conference championship game in four years.
UMBC (8-23) pushed its lead to 50-42 5 minutes into the second half. But Rusin followed a 3-pointer with a four-point play, and Apfeld converted a three-point play to give Vermont the lead for good, 52-50.
The Catamounts, defending AEC champions, never trailed from there, making 10 of 20 shots and 11 free throws over the final 11 minutes.
Vermont dished 16 assists to 10 turnovers.