BOSTON, Mass. – It was just a week ago that the Norwich Cadets took down the Emerson Lions with a 65-62 win at the buzzer in Andrews Hall. They met again on Saturday afternoon for the last regular season game, this time at Emerson’s Brown & Plofker Gym for the Lions’ “Senior Day,” where Norwich fell to the hosts, 67-49, in the rematch.
Emerson’s senior Chris Taylor made it a 2-0 game from the foul line after both teams struggled to get on the scoreboard in the first two minutes of action. The Lions held Norwich scoreless until junior Antonio Davis nabbed his own rebound and tipped it in for the first Cadets’ points five minutes into the game.
Davis tied it up 13-all with 7:55 on the clock and went to the line to give the Cadets their first advantage of the game. It was a short-lived lead for the maroon and gold. Although junior Jaren Jeffcoat worked to close the gap with back-to-back jumpers, the Lions held a 26-24 advantage going into halftime.
Like déjà vu, the Cadets were held scoreless for the first few minutes of play, but Davis was able to sneak in a layup for the first Norwich points of the second half. At 16:16 the game was tied at 31-all.
Back-to-back three pointers by Lions’ seniors Tom Messinger and Kabir Moss put the Cadets at a six-point deficit, soon to be a 16-point spread with the final four minutes ticking off the clock.
Norwich was facing a 21-point loss in the final minute of the game. Freshman Dennis Brooks went to the line with 24 seconds remaining, sinking his first shot. Sophomore Brandon Kuhre followed up with a layup on Brooks’ rebounded second foul shot, but the Cadets came up 18-points short in their rematch with their hosts the Lions.
Norwich wrapped up their 2011 regular season schedule with an overall 15-10 record and 11-7 in the conference. They will head into the GNAC postseason with home court advantage on Tuesday night. The time of the game and the opponent has yet to be announced.