NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Behind a stifling defensive effort and a strong offensive start, the Norwich University men's basketball team picked up their second Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory of the year on Thursday afternoon with a 71-63 victory over the Pride of Regis (Mass.) College.
The Cadets came out of the gate hot, shooting a blistering 55.6% from the field in the first half and an even more impressive 57.1% from 3-point land. That offensive effort, coupled with holding Regis to a mere 36.7% shooting percentage in the half, helped send the Cadets into the break with a 40-31 advantage over the Pride.
Throughout the second half Regis hung with the Cadets, never letting NU run away with the game but never quite bringing the score even. Things got interesting when a Shawn Wedderburn free throw brought the Pride within 3 points of the Cadets with just over 3 minutes to go.
Norwich's defensive unit stayed tough, and the combination of senior Zygimantas Sirvydas (Silale, Lithuania) and freshman Kyle Booth (Northfield, Vt.) sealed the deal for the Cadets down the stretch, scoring 8 of the team's final 9 points to seal the 71-63 Norwich victory. Kyle Booth led the way with a game-high 17 points, while Sirvydas dropped in 13 points of his own. As a team, the Cadets shot 47.6% from 3-point territory on the day while holding the Pride to a paltry 13% from deep.
The win is Norwich's second GNAC victory of the year and bumps the Cadets' overall record up to 4-8 overall this year with a 2-2 mark within the conference. NU hits the road this Saturday for their next GNAC showdown, this time with Mount Ida College at 3:00 PM.