NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Jaime Crawford scored a game-high 22 points, and Jose Guitan added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Lasell defeated Norwich, 82-70, in a GNAC men's basketball game Thursday evening at Andrews Hall.
Dwayne Powell added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Lasers, who swept the two-game season series from the Cadets.
Jerrold Williams and Mike Filipek led Norwich with 15 points apiece, while Jamel Bedford chipped in 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Jermaine Lattimore put forth an inspired effort off the bench, adding eight points and seven rebounds. Jaren Jeffcoat, meanwhile, contributed seven points.
Lasell (12-8, 9-4 GNAC) got out of the gates quickly, taking a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest. Norwich (11-9, 7-7 GNAC) responded with seven unanswered points to tie the game at 7-7 at the 15:55 mark. Williams scored five of the Cadets seven points as NU got right back into the game.
The Lasers reestablished control with a 20-5 run over the next 10 minutes to grab a 27-12 advantage with 5:52 to play before halftime. Seven straight points by the Norwich brought the Cadets back to within 27-19 at the 4:13 mark, but Lasell ended the period on an 11-7 spurt to take a 38-26 lead into the locker room.
Lasell made 53.6 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half, while Norwich hit just 33.3 percent of its shots from the floor.
Norwich opened the second half on a 5-2 spurt to pull to within nine points at 40-31 at the 17:54 mark. Five straight points by Lasell built the Lasers lead back up to 45-31 moments later, but NU got its deficit back nine at the 14:02 mark (49-40) following a 9-4 run.
Lasell answered back with a 7-2 burst to take a 56-42 lead at the 11:55 mark, and the Lasers held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Both teams shot the ball well in the second half with Norwich hitting 53.3 percent of its field goal attempts and Lasell cashing in on 50.0 percent of its shots.
Norwich returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 9, when the Cadets travel to Nashua, N.H., to take on GNAC rival Daniel Webster. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.