Men's Basketball: Norwich, Colby Sawyer Advance To Championships

Men's Basketball: Norwich, Colby Sawyer Advance To Championships

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich made quite an impact during their home debut, taking down the University of Maine – Augusta, 90-54 for the first game of the 14th Annual Ed Hockenbury Classic on Saturday. Colby-Sawyer was evenly matched with Johnson State for game two of the night, but went on a run at the end to defeat the Badgers, 61-42.

For the Cadets (2-2) in their first home game of the season, junior Antonio Davis recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while also making three steals against the University of Maine - Augusta.

Ryan Williams was 6-of-9 in shooting, showing his skill in 3-point territory with 5-of-7 baskets, all giving him 20 points on the night. Williams was also credited with three assists and four rebounds.

Tallying ten points apiece, senior Jaren Jeffcoat earned an assist, two steals, and two rebounds, while freshman Tom McDonald made his home-court debut with his ten points and an additional assist, steal, and board.

For the Moose of Maine (, junior Orlando Jones had a big night with 20 points, making two steals, six boards, and being credited with two assists. Helping him add points to the scoreboard, was classmate David Prior, who tallied 16 points, shooting 6-of-10 and making two steals and six rebounds.

In the later game of the night, Colby-Sawyer and Johnson State played a very competitive and close game until the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer pulled away in the final minutes of action to command a 61-42 lead at the final buzzer.

For the Chargers (3-2), junior Will Bardaglio led the attack with 16 points and three assists, also helping out defensively with three rebounds. Freshman John Roberts added another 14 points to the scoreboard and made five rebounds, a steal, and an earned assist.

Sophomore Corey Willis played a key role in keeping the momentum on their side and feeding his teammates the ball, as he recorded a team-high eight assists and seven rebounds, six of which were on the defensive side. Freshman Robbie Burke also helped by putting 10 points on the scoreboard, as he contributed three boards, two steals and earned two assists in the action.

For Johnson State, now 1-4 overall, senior Rob Key led the Badgers in three categories with 11 points, three steals and nine rebounds. Tallying eight points apiece were his teammates, freshmen Brian Hickey and Billy Boyd, and senior Ian Passino. Passino also was credited with five assists and five rebounds in the game.

The Classic will wrap up Sunday afternoon, as Johnson State College will face University of Maine – Augusta in the consolation round at 1 p.m. in Andrews Hall. The Championship game will be held at 3 p.m., featuring the Norwich Cadets versus the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer.

View the Norwich vs. University of Maine – Augusta BOX SCORE here.
View the Colby-Sawyer vs. Johnson State BOX SCORE here.