NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University men's basketball just missed their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory of the season on Wednesday night, as the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer College pulled off the 94-83 victory.
Norwich trailed by double-digits for most of the first half, as Colby-Sawyer shot 42.1% from the field and jumped out to a 22-6 lead over the first eight minutes. Norwich showed grit to close the half, as Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) hit a three before the buzzer to cap a 9-2 run to end the half and send Norwich into the locker room trailing by just a 42-39 margin.
The second half took place at the free throw line for the majority of the time, as the two teams combined to take 46 free throws in the second half. Colby-Sawyer managed to put together a run just large enough to ice any chance of a Norwich comeback late in the fourth, and the Cadets fell by a 94-83 final score.
Jesse Davis (Woodinville, Wash.) led the way for Norwich with 27 points and a 10-11 performance from the free throw line, while Daniel Haimes dropped in 19 points on 5-10 shooting from three. Kyle Booth (Northfield, Vt.) just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds to go with three blocks, and freshman Grant Bend (Bessemer, Ala.) provided a spark in seven minutes off the bench with three points, four rebounds, and a pair of timely steals.
The loss drops Norwich down to 6-18 overall on the season and 0-10 within the conference. Norwich will wrap up their 2018-19 season on Saturday afternoon against the Rivier University Raiders at 1:00 PM in Andrews Hall Gymnasium, with a Senior Day ceremony to precede the game.