NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Norwich University men's basketball team dropped an 85-57 decision to Albertus Magnus College on Tuesday.
Norwich falls to 4-8 overall and to 1-4 within the Great Northeast Athletic Conference while the host Falcons improve to 9-3 on the year, collecting their fifth league win in six opportunities.
Sophomore Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) scored a team-leading 11 points for Norwich while junior Darius Bryant (Calhoun Falls, S.C.) potted nine alongside eight rebounds to lead the squad. The Cadets shot just north of 38% (23-for-60) and the Falcons punished Norwich with 33 field goals on 61 total opportunities (54.1%).
The Cadets used a Haimes jumper to cut the early Albertus Magnus lead to 26-22 with 7:39 left in the first half, but a Devin Coleman trey preceded a Jaqhawn Walters dunk to open the game up. Three-straight Falcons jumpers helped fuel a 14-point run by the hosts who eventually captured a 40-22 lead with 4:43 left in the half.
Norwich came out of the locker room at halftime slow, allowing 10-straight points in the stanza's first 2:16 to trail by a 30-point margin following another Coleman triple. A Grant Ellis three-point basket would later create a sizeable 62-29 margin before later collecting a 75-40 lead with 9:09 to go, a game-high differential for the Falcons.
Ellis led the way with 20 points for Albertus Magnus, hauling in 12 defensive rebounds on the evening. Coleman joined Walters and Shaquille Mitchell with double-digit point scoring totals while the hosts enjoyed the edge in overall rebounding, 39-to-30.
The Cadets return to action Thursday, Jan. 12, welcoming Anna Maria College to Northfield, Vt. for a 7:30 p.m. tilt in Andrews Hall.