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 20th-annual Ed Hockenbury Classic starting this Friday, Dec. 2 and ending on Sunday, Dec. 4. The annual basketball tournament features the Cadets men's and women's basketball teams as they compete against regional opponents in Andrews Hall. 

The tournament begins on Friday with a 6 p.m. women's basketball showdown between Norwich and the University of Maine at Augusta. The 8 p.m. tilt will feature Trinity (Conn.) College and Bridgewater State University before the four teams return to action Saturday for a 1 p.m. consolation 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 the University of Maine at Augusta before an 8 p.m. showdown between the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Bridgewater State University. The men's slate of contests will end Sunday with a 1 p.m. consolation game to be immediately followed by the championship fixture at 3 p.m. 

There is no charge for admission at the Ed Hockenbury Classic. Live Stats for all contests are available on the NU Athletics website and Live Video will be offered for games involving Norwich. To access the Live Stats links for the tournament, click here.

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. 

The men's basketball team at Norwich 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.