Men's Basketball: Bantams withstand Cadets comeback bid, win Hockenbury Championship 66-59

Men's Basketball: Bantams withstand Cadets comeback bid, win Hockenbury Championship 66-59

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The 2018 Ed Hockenbury Classic concluded on Sunday afternoon, beginning with Southern Vermont College racing by UMaine-Augusta 109-65 and finishing with the Trinity College Bantams holding on against Norwich University to pull off a 66-59 victory in the championship game. 

The Mountaineers put on an offensive clinic in game one, shooting 56.9% from the field, 48.4% from three, and 92.3% from the line. The Moose never led, as SVC opened the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back, cruising to a massive 109-65 victory to take the third place spot in this year's tournament.

Aaron Murray had a big game for SVC with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Donnell Frayer Jr. led all scorers with 21 points along with chipping in six rebounds and four assists. Josh Borders and Kajuan Kinsey had 20 and 19 points respectively to round out the offensive leaders.

The Moose were led by Dustin Simpson-Bragg's 18 points, along with Noah Thompson's 15. Bryce Gibson put up solid numbers off the bench, providing 11 points and six rebounds. 

Game two appeared to be heading towards another runaway victory early as Trinity College came out on fire offensively, only missing four shots from the field in the first ten minutes of action. By the time the game reached the halftime break, Norwich was staring at an 18 point deficit heading into the locker room. 

The Cadets put forth an excellent comeback bid in the second half, trimming the Bantams' lead down to single digit multiple times. They just couldn't quite get over the hump, however, as Trinity stood tall to hold off the rally and seal the 66-59 victory. 

Kyle Padmore led the Bantams with 12 points on 5-6 shooting, four assists, and three steals. Connor Merinder went 3-3 from deep for nine points along with four rebounds, and Colin Donovan provided 11 points and four steals off the bench. 

Norwich was led by Jesse Davis (Woodinville, Wash.) who put up 20 points on 8-18 shooting and Donovan Lewis Jr. (Savannah, Ga.) who had 12 points on 6-9 shooting along with four rebounds and a pair of steals. Matt Allen (Barre, Vt.) provided solid minutes off the bench with seven points on 3-4 shooting and seven rebounds, and Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) provided a spark with a perfect 202 day from three off the bench for six points along with three rebounds. 

Following the game, the All-Tournament was announced as follows;

Dustin Simpson-Bragg - University of Maine-Augusta

Donnell Frayer Jr. - Southern Vermont College

Jesse Davis - Norwich University

Donald Jorden - Trinity College

Connor Merinder - Most Outstanding Player - Trinity College

With their effort this weekend, Norwich's overall record sits at 3-3 thus far in the 2018-19 season. They'll hit the road on Tuesday evening to take on Colby-Sawyer at 7:00 PM for their next matchup.