NASHUA, N.H. – Senior Mike Hogervorst notched his 1,000th career point and classmate Joe Bertrand poured in a career-high 27 points to lead the Cadets to a dominating 101-59 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Norwich took to the road to take on Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) foe Rivier University in New Hampshire, for the first of 11 straight GNAC contests over the next two months. A 9-0 run in the opening half put the Cadets up 14-6, and a few smaller runs throughout the half built the lead to 49-28 at the half.
The Cadets controlled the second half of action much as they did the first, helped by Joe Bertrand (Saugus, Mass.) scoring 15 points in the half on 6-8 shooting from the field. The buzzer sounded and the Cadets walked away with the 101-59 victory, their third victory in a row and third GNAC victory of the season.
Bertrand had his best game of the season, notching 27 points and 7 rebounds. The sharpshooter went 4-5 (80%) from 3-point land, in a game he entered sitting in the top-10 in 3-point percentage across all of NCAA Division III basketball. Bertrand bumped his season percentage up to 52.6% (40-76) with his red-hot day from deep.
As mentioned, Mike Hogervorst (Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands) picked up his 1,000th career point as part of his 9 points on the night. Classmate Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) poured in 15 points and pulled down 5 rebounds, and Zygimantas Sirvydas (Silale, Lithuania) dished out 9 dimes on the night.
The Cadets outpaced the Raiders in just about every statistical category, including team rebounds (45-27), assists (19-10), bench points (55-28), and field goal percentage (56.7%-31.7%). The Norwich lead at one point stretched to 45 points, the largest lead Norwich has built against any opponent this season.
Norwich returns to Andrews Hall on Tuesday for another GNAC contest, this time against the Rams of Suffolk University. The Cadets will look to make it four wins in a row, with the game set to start at 5:30 PM.