Men's Basketball: Emmanuel Runs Past Norwich, 80-54

Men's Basketball: Emmanuel Runs Past Norwich, 80-54

BOSTON - Rob Williams-Hinton led three Emmanuel players in double-figures with 18 points as the Saints defeated Norwich, 80-54, in a GNAC men's basketball game Monday evening at the Jean Yawkey Center.

The Saints, who led wire-to-wire, came out of the gates on fire, opening the game on a 16-2 run. Emmanuel's first half offense was sparked by the play of Torrey Joyner, who was perfect from the field, hitting all three of his shots, including both of his three-point attempts. The freshman guard led the Saints with 11 points in the opening 20 minutes.

Emmanuel's defense held Norwich to just eight first-half field goals and forced 15 Cadets turnovers in the opening stanza. The Saints shot 52.9 percent (18-34) from the floor in the first half and 46.2 percent (6-13) from three-point range to take a 48-22 advantage into the break.

Emmanuel opened its largest lead of the game at 54-22 early in the second half, and it maintained a comfortable margin throughout the entire frame.

Joining Williams-Hinton in double-figures for the Saints were Tyrone Buchanan and Joyner, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Mack Spellman added seven points, a game-high 13 rebounds and a game-best six assists.

Jamel Bedford, Jerrold Williams and Cody Hatt led Norwich (11-8, 7-6 GNAC) with nine points apiece. Bedford also ripped down a team-high nine rebounds.

Emmanuel turned 23 Norwich turnovers into 29 points, and the Saints also scored 20 fast break points.

Norwich returns to the friendly confines of Andrews Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 6, when the Cadets host GNAC foe Lasell at 7:30 p.m.