NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Jerrold Williams netted a game-high 21 points, and Cody Hatt came off the bench to score 18 points as Norwich overcame a 10-point second half deficit to defeat Mount Ida, 79-72, in a GNAC men's basketball contest Thursday evening at Andrews Hall.
Norwich (10-7, 6-5 GNAC) trailed, 45-35, less than 90 seconds into the second half, but the Cadets outscored Mount Ida, 44-27, over the final 18:34 of the game to earn the hard-fought victory.
Jamel Bedford chipped in a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Norwich while Mike Filipek added 12 points. Derrick Montiero stuffed the stat sheet, recording four points, nine rebounds and a game-high 10 assists.
Mount Ida (6-12, 3-8 GNAC) was led by Michael Dunham, who scored a team-high 16 points. Darren Martinez added 15 points for the Mustangs, while Otis Thompson and Bruce Cary each netted 12 points apiece.
Norwich roared out of the gates, outscoring Mount Ida, 9-0, over the game's first three minutes. The Mustangs responded with six quick points to pull to within 9-6 just moments later following a pair of three-pointers by Bruce Cary.
A 9-2 Norwich spurt gave the Cadets an 18-8 lead at the 12:36 mark, but the Mustangs came right back with a 12-1 run to take their first lead of the game at 20-19 with 9:47 to play before halftime. Norwich answered Mount Ida's surge with a 15-4 run of its own to reclaim a 10-point lead at 34-24 at the 4:27 mark.
NU only scored one more point the rest of the first half, though, as Mount Ida outscored the Cadets, 15-1 to close the frame. Michael Dunham nailed a three-pointer from the right wing just before time expired, and the Mustangs went to the locker room with a 39-35 lead.
Mount Ida scored the first six points of the second half to extend its lead to 45-35 at the 18:34 mark. Nine straight Norwich points trimmed the Mustangs' lead to just one point (45-44) just two minutes later. Mount Ida increased its lead to three points at 49-46 at the 11:30 mark, but an 8-0 NU spurt gave the Cadets a 54-49 lead. Hatt buried one of his five three-pointers to spark the run.
Mount Ida refused to go away, eventually taking a 65-63 lead with 3:45 to play. Another triple by Hatt jumpstarted another 8-0 NU burst that gave the Cadets a 71-65 advantage at the 2:10 mark. Norwich converted at the free throw line down the stretch to preserve the victory.
The Cadets shot 48.0 percent from the floor for the game, while the Mustangs shot just 40.6 percent.
Norwich returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, when the Cadets host Johnson & Wales in a key GNAC matchup. Tip-off from Andrews Hall is scheduled for 3 p.m.