UVM loses close game in first round of NIT

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The University of Vermont men’s basketball team lost a close game last night to Kansas State University in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.

Kansas State’s David Hoskins drove for the go-ahead bucket with 33 seconds left, capping a second-half comeback that carried Kansas State past Vermont 59-57.

Vermont led 51-39 with about 10 minutes left after trailing by as many as eight in the first half.

But the Catamounts missed eight shots and had three turnovers in the final five minutes, allowing Kansas State to go on a 9-0 run.

Martin Klimes led Vermont with 16 points, while Kansas State’s Cartier Martin had 19 and Hoskins 13.

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