Sophomore forward Luke Apfeld came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points in only 22 minutes as Vermont (6-7) took an early lead and didn't look back in a 65-49 nonconference win over Towson on Friday night at Towson Center.
The loss dropped Towson to 0-12 and was the Tigers' 31st in a row. The record for consecutive losses by a Division I team is 34, by Sacramento State. The overall record is 51 straight by New Jersey Institute of Technology as it transitioned from Division II to Division I.
Apfeld made all 11 of his shots from the field, including his only 3-point field goal attempt. He also made his only free throw try to complete a three-point play with 7:27 left in the first half, giving the Catamounts a 30-18 advantage.
By shooting 11-for-11, Apfeld tied the Towson Center record for field-goal percentage in a game. Former All-American Ed Pinckney of Villanova set the record in 1981 when he led the Wildcats to an 85-55 victory over Towson. Pinckney was also 11-for-11 from the field.
Towson committed a season-low 10 turnovers Friday. The prior season-low was 13 turnovers against George Mason on Dec. 3.
The Tigers also grabbed 30 or more rebounds for the fifth straight game. Freshman Deon Jones paced the Towson attack with 11 points on four of eight shooting for his fourth double-digit scoring game of the season.
The Catamounts took an early lead in the game and held off every rally the Tigers made. Vermont used an early 13-0 run to grab a 15-2 lead after only four minutes.
During this spurt, the Catamounts made five consecutive shots, including three straight 3-point baskets. Apfeld's first 3-pointer of the season gave Vermont a 15-2 lead with 16:02 left in the half.
Apfeld, who scored 14 of Vermont's first 30 points, helped the Catamounts increase their lead to 42-19 at halftime. Vermont shot 53.3 percent en route to its 23-point lead at the break.
The Tigers, who pulled to within 56-42 with 4:56 remaining in the game, got 10 points from sophomore forward Marcus Damas.
Freshman Alex Giergen tallied a season-high eight points and did not miss a shot from the field, including two 3-point field goals.
Longest Division I losing streaks
|Sacramento St.||34||1997-98, 1998-99|
|Grambling St.||33||1999-00, 2000-01|
|Sacramento St.||32||1993-94, 1994-95|