Men's and Women's Basketball To Host Ed Hockenbury Classic

Men's and Women's Basketball To Host Ed Hockenbury Classic

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University is proud to host the annual Ed Hockenbury Classic starting this Friday, November 30th and ending on Sunday, December 2nd. The three-day tournament brings together some of the top basketball talent in the region, including teams from Southern Vermont College, Trinity (Conn.) College, the University of Maine at Augusta, Framingham State, and Hamilton College.

The tournament begins on Friday with a 6 p.m. women's basketball showdown between Norwich and the Moose of UMaine-Augusta. The following 8 p.m. tilt will feature Hamilton and Framingham State before the four teams return to action Saturday for a 1 p.m. third-place game and the 3 p.m. championship contest. 

The men's portion of the Classic will commence at 6 p.m. on Saturday with Norwich taking on Augusta before an 8 p.m. showdown between Trinity and Southern Vermont. The men's slate of contests will end Sunday with a 1 p.m. third-place game to be immediately followed by the championship at 3 p.m. 

There is no charge for admission at the Ed Hockenbury Classic. Live stats and a broadcast for all contests will be available on the NU Athletics website.

The Cadets have historically held a basketball tournament prior to the New Year, but in 1997, the annual basketball classic was named in honor of Ed Hockenbury, a long-time Norwich men's basketball coach who passed away in 1996 after a courageous two-year fight against brain cancer. 

Hockenbury dramatically transformed the fortunes of the men's basketball team at Norwich upon his hire in 1976, assuming the reins of a team that had only three seasons of 10 or more wins since its inception in 1902 and piloting the Cadets to two NCAA Division III Tournaments and 182 total victories across a 17-year career.

Dedicated to service of others before self in true Norwich fashion, Hockenbury mentored hundreds of student-athletes in numerous roles within the athletic department. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2004 and is also a member of both the Norwich University and Boston College Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Last year, Wheaton topped Lesley in the men's championship while Trinity (Conn.) College took home the women's tournament crown for the third straight year after besting Norwich in their championship matchup. The Norwich men will be in search of its eighth championship title at the Classic while the women's squad will search for its sixth championship and first since 2014.