NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich men's basketball team had three players score in double figures but could not get past Colby-Sawyer College as the Cadets fell 84-64 in non-conference action on Tuesday evening in Andrews Hall Gymnasium.
Norwich (0-4) was done in by second-chance opportunities and opposing free throws in the team's fourth loss of the season. Colby-Sawyer (3-1) earned 17 second-chance points compared to nine for the hosts, while the Chargers hit on 16-of-19 from the charity stripe in contrast to Norwich's seven freebies.
Colby-Sawyer used the majority of the first part of the opening period to build up a 17-6 lead. Dana Bean notched six points for the visitors during the run.
Norwich and CSC traded baskets for the rest of the half with the Cadets cutting the lead to nine several times before the horn sounded with the score 38-27.
Bean and Norwich's freshman forward Jaydon Cousin (Savannah, Ga.) each recorded 14 points and five rebounds to lead their respective teams at the half.
Norwich showed improved shooting in the second half hitting on over 50 percent of its shots. The increased efficiency on the offensive end, however, also came at the expense of allowing Colby-Sawyer to hit on over 50 percent of its shots.
The Cadets cut the lead to eight as Cousin stole the ball and fed sophomore guard Caleb Casinas (Aiea, Hawaii) for a three-pointer making it a 42-34 game with 17:01 remaining.
That would be the closest the Cadets would get to the lead as Colby-Sawyer rebuilt its cushion and extended it to as many as 22 in the waning moments of the game.
Bean was the high-scorer for the Chargers putting up 24 points and adding nine rebounds. Omar Boone notched 14 points and six boards while Patrick Coffey contributed 12 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Terrence Harvey Jr. led the Chargers' reserves with seven points.
Norwich got a career-high 27 points and six rebounds from Cousin off the bench. The freshman hit on 11-of-20 shots from the field including all four free-throw attempts. Casinas led the starting unit with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting while sophomore forward Donovan Lewis Jr. (Savannah, Ga.) recorded 11 points, five boards, and five assists.
Norwich will take part in a two-day tournament this weekend at the Barre Auditorium battling intrastate rivals Vermont Tech on Friday at 5 p.m. and Castleton on Saturday at 2 p.m.