NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University men's basketball team finished their 2018-19 season on a high note on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Raiders of Rivier University by a 95-81 final score.
Prior to the game, Norwich recognized their lone senior student-athlete in Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) with a pregame ceremony.
In a game that featured seven ties and 18 lead changes, Norwich found themselves trailing at halftime by a slim 35-34 margin. The Cadets won the game at the free throw line in the second half, putting up an impressive 26-32 showing from the line as a team, highlighted by Kyle Booth (Northfield, Vt.) going 9-11 in the half for 15 points. With their performance at the line, Norwich managed to cruise to the eventual 95-81 victory, with the 95 points being the team-high for the entire season.
Senior Daniel Haimes showed up on his Senior Day, hitting multiple big shots and putting forth a big effort defensively. Haimes finished with 11 points on 3-6 shooting from three-point territory, along with four assists and a pair of steals. Jesse Davis (Woodinville, Wash.) had a team-high 26 points, while Booth finished with 21 points and eight rebounds. Donovan Lewis Jr. (Savannah, Ga.) provided a nice spark in 19 minutes off the bench with 13 points and six boards.
Nate Hale controlled the Rivier offensive attack all night, going 6-7 from three for 26 points to go with nine rebounds and a pair of steals, and Issaiah Chappell collected 17 points and five boards.
Norwich wraps up their season with a 7-18 overall record and a 1-10 mark within the conference.