NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The men’s basketball team has gone 9-1 in their last 10 games, and after back-to-back buzzer beaters over the weekend, the Cadets put away the Emmanuel Saints on Tuesday night, 86-70, in Andrews Hall.
Prior to the start of the conference matchup, Norwich’s three seniors were recognized and honored for their dedication, commitment, and efforts while wearing maroon and gold; Quincy Williams, Cori Boston, and Jaren Jeffcoat.
For the Cadets (15-8, 11-5 GNAC), both Boston and Jeffcoat put up double-figures in the game, as Jeffcoat led with 19 points, two assists and two steals. Boston contributed 15 points, netting three trifectas and making one block and four steals.
Junior Antonio Davis earned a double-double, shooting 5-of-9 from the field and sinking 6-of-7 free throws for 16 points and 10 rebounds. Williams recorded six points, four boards and made one steal on the Saints.
For Emmanuel (6-18, 5-12 GNAC), senior Tyrone Buchanan netted 20 points with 9-of-14 shooting, while sophomore Xavier Everson put up the second-best scoring numbers with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Buchanan netted a trey on the first play of the game to give the Saints an early advantage, but a 3-pointer by Jeffcoat quickly put the home team back in the lead within the first three minutes of action.
The Saints would be left trailing the rest of the game, as Norwich began to pull away and was up 45-30 at the half.
Norwich proved how well they could find each other on the court with their speed and quick passing around the visiting Saints. Early in the second half, with the Cadets up by 15, Williams made a steal on Saints’ Everson, and quickly found Jeffcoat down the court. Jeffcoat never missed a beat and passed the ball on to Davis who capitalized with a dunk.
The Cadets held a 22-point spread on their opponents with less than two minutes remaining in regulation time, and the team knew how to keep the crowd on their feet and light up Andrews Hall for their “Senior Day” event.
Norwich will host Albertus Magnus on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Andrews Hall for the makeup event that was originally scheduled for the first of the month. It will be the last regular season game played at home for the maroon and gold, as they will hit the road on Saturday for a GNAC doubleheader against Emerson College. The men will tipoff at 12 p.m., followed by the women at 2 p.m.