NASHUA, N.H. – Junior Darius Bryant (Calhoun Falls, S.C.) of the Norwich University men's basketball team scored a career-high 22 points to power the Cadets past Rivier University on Saturday.
Norwich improves to 7-9 overall on the year while collecting its fourth Great Northeast Athletic Conference win (4-5). Rivier falls to 1-16 while remaining winless in conference play in 10 contests.
Bryant shot 10-for-11 on the day to post the seventh-best field goal percentage (.909) since at least the 1985-86 season. He also hauled in five rebounds and handed out four assists to help the Cadets to the victory. Junior Mike Hogervorst (Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands) scored 19 points in the win, making 7-of-10 shots from the floor while earning a team-high seven rebounds.
Junior Joe Bertrand (Saugus, Mass.) notched 18 points in only 12 minutes of action off the bench, bombing four three-point baskets as Norwich shot 50% (12-for-24) from beyond the arc on the day. Sophomore Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) was the fourth student-athlete to reach double-digits in point scoring with 13 points.
Junior Tommy Fitzgerald (Williston, Vt.) led his team with six assists and four steals.
Bryant scored the first nine points of the game for the Cadets, helping his team to a 9-6 lead through the first 5:54 of action. A trey from Kevin Francis tied the game at nine only seconds later, but the Cadets would use an 8-0 run capped off by a three-point basket by junior Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.).
A Haimes three-point basket would lift Norwich to a 29-12 lead down the stretch, but Rivier would cut the visitors lead to five points, 31-26, with 6:58 remaining in the opening half. A 7-0 run by Norwich would later turn into a 46-31 lead after the Cadets connected on back-to-back triples in the final minutes of the first.
Bertrand created his team's first 20-point lead of the afternoon, making back-to-back three-point baskets to put Norwich ahead by a 69-49 score with 10:14 to go. Bryant's last basket of the day would create an 88-62 lead with 1:28 remaining on the clock but six-straight points would eliminate the game-high 26-point bulge for the Cadets.
Tristian Givens made eight of his team's 16 triples, leading the team with 26 points and nine rebounds. The Cadets outrebounded the Raiders, 34-to-26, on the day.
Norwich will look for its third-straight win on Wednesday, Jan. 25 as it travels to Saint Joseph's (Maine) for a 6 p.m. conference showdown.