NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute posted a 65-48 win over the Norwich University men's basketball team on Sunday to claim the Ed Hockenbury Classic Championship.
With Sunday's win, RPI concluded the two-day tournament with a 5-2 overall record after defeating Bridgewater State University on Saturday by an 80-65 score. The Engineers' Jonathan Luster captured the tournament's Most Outstanding Player honors, joining teammate Brian Hatcher on the All-Tournament team.
Norwich was led by sophomore Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and his 15 total points on offense. He also added a team-best three steals and hauled in three rebounds in the defeat. Junior Mike Hogervorst (Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands) shot 7-for-11 from the floor, scoring 14 points, while juniors Zygimantas Sirvydas (Silale, Lithuania) and Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) led the team with four assists apiece.
The Cadets took an early 4-3 lead after a layup from junior Ryan Fitzgerald (Winchester, Mass.), but a 10-point scoring run by the Engineers put the hosts in a 13-4 hole. Fitzgerald would reduce his team's deficit to two with a layup at the 4:53 mark of the first half but an eight-point scoring run by RPI once again created a sizeable deficit.
Down by a 29-23 margin at halftime, Haimes made three-straight triples in the first five minutes of the second half to shrink the RPI lead to 36-34, but 13-straight points by the Engineers ended any chance of a Norwich comeback. The Engineers' lead would grow to 19 points after a Luster three-point basket with just under a minute remaining.
Luster led his team with 16 total points and six assists. Hatcher tallied 11 points and seven rebounds while Nate Kane joined Hatcher with seven rebounds. The Engineers finished with 21 total assists in the contest.
In the first game of the afternoon, Bridgewater State posted a program-record 121 points in a convincing victory over Maine-Augusta. The Moose, who scored 77 points in the defeat, fell to 2-9 overall on the year while the Bears improve to 4-3 on the season.
All-Tournament team selection Fawaz Mass scored 20 points for Bridgewater State, equaling the scoring output by Rocky DeAndrade. Greg Romanko scored 19 points and Matthieu Midouin tallied 11 points off the bench for the Bears. DeAndrade also tallied a team-best six assists and five steals.
After a triple from Romanko only 1:09 into the contest, Bridgewater State never relinquished the lead despite a Jordan Holmes game-tying three just minutes later. The lead would grow for the Bears, reaching its peak at 51 points following a Mike Wiederkehr layup with 2:16 to go in regulation time. Holmes earned All-Tournament team honors for the Moose while Mass secured the merits for Bridgewater State.
ED HOCKENBURY CLASSIC
GAME ONE: Norwich 97, Me.-Augusta 63
GAME TWO: Rensselaer 80, Bridgewater St. 65
CONSOLATION GAME (A third place trophy is not awarded in the men's portion of the tournament): Bridgewater St. 121, Me.-Augusta 77
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Rensselaer 65, Norwich 48
Jordan Holmes (Me.-Augusta)
Fawaz Mass (Bridgewater St.)
Darius Bryant (Norwich)
Brian Hatcher (RPI)
Jonathan Luster (RPI)
Most Valuable Player
Jonathan Luster (RPI)