Men's Basketball: Norwich Turned Aside By Albertus Magnus, 86-69

Junior Joe Bertrand

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Junior Joe Bertrand (Saugus, Mass.) of the Norwich University men's basketball team scored a career-high 21 points during Thursday's 86-69 loss to Albertus Magnus College. 

The Cadets drop to 4-7 overall on the year and to 1-3 within the Great Northeast Athletic Conference while the Falcons move to 7-3 overall and boast a 3-1 record against league play. Albertus Magnus has won 17-straight games against Norwich dating back to Feb. 21, 2009. 

Bertrand poured home 21 points after shooting 8-for-13 from the floor. He also connected on two three-point baskets and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. Junior Darius Bryant (Calhoun Falls, S.C.), making his second career start, played a team-leading 35 minutes and scored 15 points alongside nine rebounds. Sophomore Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) scored 10 points, rounding out the double-digit scorers. 

The Cadets opened up a 16-11 lead with 13:32 to go in the first half following four-straight points from Bertrand. Albertus Magnus countered with eight-straight points, including three-straight foul shots from Devin Coleman, to capture a 19-16 lead with 11:19 left. Bertrand would again power his team's offense with a layup at 8:24, creating a 22-21 lead for the home team. 

With the score tied at 24, the Falcons took the lead for good by using a dominant 11-5 run that included three treys and a dunk from Jaqhawn Walters to establish a 35-29 lead. Norwich would not lead again in the contest, but would threaten following back-to-back Bertrand triples in the second half, cutting the lead to 51-49 only 4:31 into the stanza. 

Grant Ellis, who finished with 22 points, grew his team's lead to a game-high 19 points by making back-to-back free throws with 37 seconds left in the tilt. Albertus Magnus was led by Walters' 23 points as he shot 11-for-17 in the game to help his team shoot nearly 50% (31-for-63) from the floor. 

Norwich hits the road for two-straight games, traveling to Johnson & Wales (R.I.) for a 1 p.m. tilt on Saturday, Jan. 7 before taking on the Falcons once again on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.