NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University men's basketball team started off their 2019 schedule on Friday afternoon, falling to Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) foe Anna Maria by a 74-51 final score in Andrews Hall Gymnasium.
After both teams opened the game scoreless for the first two and a half minutes of play, the AMCATS went on a 16-3 run to open things up. They bested themselves with a 17-2 run to close out the first half and entered the break with a commanding 46-14 lead. Although Norwich outscored Anna Maria 37-28 in the second half, it was not nearly as the AMCATS cruised to the 74-51 victory and their first GNAC win of the year.
Mike Rapoza led Anna Maria with a 13 point, 14 rebound double-double and Bobby Perette poured in a game-high 16 points.
The loss drops Norwich down to 6-6 overall this year and a 0-1 mark in the conference. They'll be back in action on the road on Tuesday when they travel to Johnson & Wales for another GNAC showdown.