NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Norwich erased a 13-point halftime deficit and defeated visiting Nichols, 66-64, on Sunday afternoon as the Cadets captured the Hockenbury Tournament championship.
Derrick Montiero led a balanced Cadets' attack with 14 points, and Jamel Bedford registered his third straight double-double to lead the team to its fourth straight victory.
Bedford scored 12 points and hauled in 12 rebounds, while Jerrold Williams netted 13 points and Tim Fico contributed 13 markers off the bench. Bedford was named the tournament's most valuable player, while Williams earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
Norwich trailed 38-25 at halftime, but the Cadets outscored Nichols 23-12 to begin the second stanza, trimming their deficit to just two points (50-48) with 10:00 to play. Nichols was able to hold NU off for the next few minutes, and the Bison were clinging to a 54-53 lead with 6:27 to play.
A quick 9-2 Norwich spurt gave the Cadets a 62-56 edge with just 2:46 showing on the second half clock, and NU never trailed again. Norwich knocked down 4-of-5 free throws in the final minute to salt away the victory.
It marks the second time in the last three games that Norwich has had to overcome a double-digit halftime deficit to win. On Thursday, NU trailed Colby-Sawyer by 14 points at the break, before winning by 10.
Norwich, which has not lost since dropping its season opener, will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when the Cadets travel to Middlebury, Vt., to take on Middlebury College. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.