After a thrilling opening night, the 2012 NCAA Tournament continues with the second night of the "First Four" play-in games. In the first game of the doubleheader, a pair of unheralded clubs battle for the right to advance to face No. 1 UNC.
No. 16 Lamar
No. 16 Vermont
6:40 PM ET
In late February, Lamar coach Pat Knight (son of Bob Knight) lashed out at his own players -- specifically his seniors -- calling their mentality and attitude "awful" in an epic postgame rant after a loss to Stephen F. Austin.
They seem to have got the message. The Cardinals won six straight after that rant and won the Southland Conference tournament championship.
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Vermont on the other hand, has been very consistent since the beginning of 2012. The Catamounts went on a 10-game winning streak in the second half of the season and have won 14 of their last 15.
Both teams have plenty of momentum. But which team will come out on top and get a chance to play No. 1 seed North Carolina on Friday?
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|@ funkid6666 : #UVM #lamar #MMLive this game is over congrats to Vermont on their win|
|@ johncoonsports : Most stunning First Four development: A team who led early is leading late too. #Vermont beating #Lamar by double digits in final 2 minutes.|
Lamar just turned it over again and Apfeld made an easy bucket. That should do it folks..
Crazy play. Miles looked for Brown on the alley-oop but he didn't put a shot up. Instead he landed, then went up for a shot as Apfeld came flying in and landed on top of him. No foul was called but Lamb got the loose ball and drew a foul of his own. He made both free throws and now it's an 11-point lead.
Carissimo somehow splits the D and gets into the lane on the right side and makes a running layup with the left hand. Lamar is using too much time and now they just turned it over. 2:43 left to go and Vermont leads 68-55.
Lamb misses the first free throw but makes the second. 11-point lead for Vermont. Lamar is pressing full court.
Carissimo gets an open look and knocks down a 3. Lamb tries to answer back but gets fouled. Free throws coming up for Lamb. Vermont leads by 12. TV timeout.
Mike James just fouled out. He just has to know better. He blatantly reached on that play.
Vermont's defense breaks down as Lamb drives through the lane for the layup. 61-51 Vermont.
McGlynn gets Mike James in the air and draws the contact. Two more shots coming. This game turned into a free throw battle.
Acosta misses two free throws, but Lamb gets the offensive rebound and draws a foul right away. 2nd foul on Voelkel.
McGlynn pump fakes, steps back and hits a 3-pointer. That's 15 for him. 59-47 Vermont with 6:18 to go.
Mike James creates space with an incredible crossover, drives to the hoop and makes a scoop shot with the left hand. Wow.
Glass gets the ball in front of the free throw line and immediately sinks a jumper. Miles goes back down right away and tries to get a quick bucket but gets blocked. 56-45 Vermont.
Elbaum makes both free throws after another foul, but Miles answers with a 3-pointer. 52-45 with nine minutes left.
|@ hannerho : why am i watching the vermont v. lamar game? #whereislamar oh yeah because i like underdogs and chose vermont to win the whole thing|
Miles cuts to the basket and somehow makes a wild layup and draws the foul. AND ONE. Here comes a Lamar comeback...
Mike James is called for a foul that will send Elbaum to the line again. Vermont is in the bonus.
Elbaum makes one of two free throws after a Lamar loose ball foul. 50-39 with 10:30 left.
Bergmann uses the glass perfectly for the hook shot. But Anthony Miles cuts it to 10 again with a quick layup.
|@ NickCanizales : Lamar is sleep walking on the court. Vermont making it look too easy. Mike james starting to heat up and that's a good thing|