HENNIKER, N.H. – The Norwich University men's basketball team traveled down to New England College on Wednesday evening to take on the Pilgrims in non-conference action, dropping the game by an 88-78 final score.
A tightly contested first half that saw the Cadets head into the locker room with a 42-40 lead gradually gave way to a Pilgrim victory, as NEC pulled away in the second half thanks to their post game, outscoring the Cadets in the paint 28-16. The Pilgrims also got a big boost from their bench tonight, with 36 points coming from their reserves.
The Cadets' offensive attack put together one of their better nights, as the team shot 42.9% (27-63) from the field and 45.7% (16-35) from 3-point land. Seniors Joe Bertrand (Saugus, Mass.) and Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) stood out for Norwich, as Bertrand led the all scorers with 20 points and Booth poured in 19 points of his own while pulling down a game-high 9 rebounds. However, it wasn't enough, as New England College outshot the Cadets, going 31-65 (47.7%) from the field and 16-32 (50%) from behind the 3-point line.
With the loss, the Cadets drop down to 0-3 during the 2017-18 season. The Cadets will look to get into the win column this weekend, as the annual Hockenbury Classic tips off at Norwich University. Norwich will open up the tournament against Lesley University on Saturday evening, a game set to tipoff at 6:00 PM.