STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Four McGlynn scored 14 points and Vermont, despite scoring just five points over the final 9 1-2 minutes, held off Stony Brook 51-43 on Saturday to win the America East tournament and earn the Catamounts their fifth NCAA tournament bid.
Tournament MVP Brian Voelkel had five points, 15 rebounds and seven assists for Vermont (22-11), which made just five free throws after taking a 46-29 lead with 9:55 to play.
Vermont's last NCAA appearance was in 2010 and all of its bids have been since 2003.
John Becker became just the second first-year coach to win the conference title, joining Karl Fogel of Northeastern in 1986.
Dave Coley and Al Rapier had 10 points each for Stony Brook (22-8), which lost in the conference championship game for the second straight season. The Seawolves, who have never been to the NCAA tournament, will go the NIT as regular season champions.