NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Elbie Murphy scored seven of his game-high 30 points in overtime as St. Joseph's (Maine) defeated Norwich, 86-82, in a GNAC men's basketball game played on Tuesday night at Andrews Hall.
Raymond Eatmon recorded a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Alberto Rue added 14 points off the bench for the Monks, who improve to 4-4 (2-1 GNAC).
Jerrold Williams led Norwich (4-5, 0-3 GNAC) with 21 points, while Jamel Bedford chipped in 20 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Derrick Montiero and Tim Fico both added 13 points apiece for the Cadets, who have lost four straight games.
St. Joseph's (Maine) outscored Norwich, 10-5, over the first 2:21 of overtime, and the Monks, who connected on 7-of-8 field goals in the extra session, converted enough free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
The Cadets trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half, before a furious rally sent the game into overtime. St. Joseph's (Maine) led 32-24 at halftime, and the Monks quickly built a 38-24 lead at the 18:00 mark by outscoring NU, 6-0, to start the second half. The Cadets responded, however, outscoring the Monks, 34-17 over the next 10 minutes to grab a 58-55 lead at the 7:53 mark.
NU's lead was short-lived as St. Joseph's (Maine) ripped off a quick 6-0 spurt to seize a 61-58 edge just minutes later. The game went back and forth for the remainder of the period, with neither team able to build a lead greater than three points during the final five minutes. Eatmon's lay-up with 2:13 remaining in regulation tied the score at 67-67, and that was the score as the game went into the extra session.
Fico nailed a three-pointer to put Norwich up 3-0, but a 17-3 St. Joseph's (Maine) run over the next eight minutes put the Monks on top 17-6 at the 11:32 mark. A quick 8-0 burst by NU brought the Cadets to within 17-14 just 90 seconds later. The Monks reeled off a 9-3 run over the next three minutes to build their lead back up to nine points at 26-17 at the 7:03 mark, and the visitors led by eight (32-24) at halftime.
Norwich continues its brief three-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 12, when the Cadets host Emerson at Andrews Hall. The GNAC contest is slated to begin at 3 p.m.