NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Junior Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) scored a team-leading 18 points for Norwich University on Tuesday, leading the men's basketball team to an 81-74 victory over Colby-Sawyer College at Andrews Hall. The Cadets improve to 1-0 on the young season while the Chargers dip to 0-1.
Booth bombed four three-point baskets for the Cadets, scoring 18 points while hauling in six rebounds. Sophomore Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) checked in with a career-high 17 points, tallying five assists and a team-leading three steals. Junior Zygimantas Sirvydas (Silale, Lithuania) and junior Joe Bertrand (Saugus, Mass.) rounded out the double-digit point scorers, notching 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Trailing by a 29-21 margin with 7:05 left in the opening half, the Cadets saw back-to-back free throw makes from junior Darius Bryant (Calhoun Falls, S.C.) before a three-pointer from Haimes cut the deficit to three points with 6:20 to go. Only 20 seconds after a Jourdain Bell layup for Colby-Sawyer, Haimes hit another triple to decrease the Chargers lead to 31-29.
Bertrand would connect on a three-point basket, propelling the Cadets to a 32-31 lead with 4:49 to go in the first. Later, Booth and Bertrand would make four-straight free throws to carry the Cadets to a 36-31 lead with time ticking down. A six-point Chargers rally, however, would put the visitors ahead with under three minutes left.
Down by a 37-36 score, freshman George Allen (Miramar, Fla.) responded only 20 seconds after Colby-Sawyer took the lead, pouring home the first three-point basket of his career to spark a 10-point stretch for Norwich that led to a 46-37 halftime advantage.
Norwich would not trail again in the contest, eventually growing the lead to a game-high 11 points with 7:35 to go in regulation time. The closest the Chargers would come to overtaking the Cadets was when a Dana Bean layup only 5:57 into the second half cut the hosts lead to 56-54 – a quick 5-0 spurt by Norwich extinguished the rally.
Bell led the Chargers with 23 points while Milani Hicks scored 20 points. Taylor Grande handed out seven assists to go along with 18 points and Matt Maynard joined Bean with double-digit rebound figures.
The Cadets are faced with a tough non-league game this Thursday, Nov. 17, traveling to take on Plymouth State University at 7 p.m.