NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Jamel Bedford led a trio of Cadets in double-figures with a game-high 19 points as the Norwich University men's basketball team defeated Johnson & Wales, 71-63, in a GNAC contest Saturday afternoon at Andrews Hall.
Norwich (11-7, 7-5 GNAC) also got 16 points and eight rebounds from Mike Filipek, and 15 points and 11 rebounds from Jerrold Williams. Derrick Montiero played a solid all-around game, chipping in seven points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds.
The Cadets outscored the Wildcats, 40-16, in the paint, and NU also turned 18 JWU turnovers into 23 points.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that featured seven ties and two lead changes. Neither team led by more than five points, and it was Norwich that took a slim 32-29 lead into halftime.
The Cadets got their offense cranked up early in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 13-4 over the first seven minutes to build a 45-33 lead with 13:04 to play in the game. Bedford scored six points during the spurt that gave the Cadets their largest lead of the game.
A 13-3 run by Johnson & Wales brought the Wildcats to within 48-46 at the 8:34 mark, but a 7-2 Norwich burst gave the Cadets a 55-48 lead with 6:26 to play and JWU got no closer than four points the rest of the way.
Norwich converted 7-of-8 free throws in the final 2:36 to wrap up the victory. With the win, NU improves to 8-1 at Andrews Hall. The Cadets are 6-1 in home GNAC games
Johnson & Wales (13-6, 10-3 GNAC) was led by Darren Faust's 16 points. Japhet Kerr and Tirone McCray each added 15 points apiece for the Wildcats, while Greg Samuels added 12 points.
Norwich returns to action on Monday, Feb. 4, when the Cadets travel to Boston, Mass., to take on Emmanuel at 7:30 p.m.