NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The men's basketball team earned their fourth conference win in as many games, overcoming the Mustangs of Mount Ida College, 80-69, in Andrews Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Norwich (9-7, 5-4 GNAC) was led by junior Antonio Davis with his double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. He was 9-of-15 in shooting, and made two blocks and one assist. Classmate Josh Cabrera had a standout performance against the Mustangs, shooting 7-of-11 and sinking three 3-pointers for his 18 points.
Senior Jaren Jeffcoat, combining his 16 points of the afternoon to his career record, now stands just nine away from the 1,000-career point milestone. He also nabbed four steals and two assists in the action.
For the Mustangs (6-12, 3-8 GNAC), junior David Gibbs was a key offensive contributor, netting three 3-pointers and shooting 8-of-15 to collect 21 points. He also tallied two steals and two assists, while classmate Isiah Benjamin had 18 points with one steal and one assist.
In the first half of action, it looked as if both teams had met their match, as the lead changed 11 times. Davis put the first points on the board for Norwich early in the game, but Benjamin sank a jump shot that tied it up, as his teammate Gibbs followed with a layup to put the Mustangs in the lead. No team led by more than five points, but the Mustangs held the 35-32 advantage at the half.
Coming in to the second half, Norwich was able to take back their home court advantage with free throw shots by Cabrera and senior Cori Boston, although the second half's momentum did not stick with either conference team for long, as the Cadets and the Mustangs alternated the lead on five occasions.
It was in the 9th minute of second-half action that Norwich began to pull away from their opponents. Cabrera hit a 3-pointer for the lead and the Cadets held on to their drive for the remainder of the game, finishing 21 points ahead of their conference-foe.
Coming up next on the schedule for the Cadets is Albertus Magnus, who will step into Andrews Hall on Tuesday evening for a 7 p.m. conference game.