Men's Basketball: Norwich Halted by Saint Joseph's (Maine), 71-59

Men's Basketball: Norwich Halted by Saint Joseph's (Maine), 71-59

STANDISH, Maine – Junior Ryan Fitzgerald (Winchester, Mass.) scored a team-leading 14 points off the bench for the Norwich University men's basketball team on Wednesday as the Cadets fell by a 71-59 score to the host Monks from Saint Joseph's College. 

The Cadets drop to 7-10 overall on the year while falling to 4-6 against Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponents. The Monks reach double-digit victories (10-8) while moving to 7-4 against league foes. 

Fitzgerald scored 14 points in only 21 minutes of action, making five-of-eight field goals and reeling in three rebounds. Junior Mike Hogervorst (Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands) joined classmate Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) with 13 points on the evening. Junior Darius Bryant (Calhoun Falls, S.C.) finished the game one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 11 points for Norwich. 

The Cadets led by as many as two points near the midpoint of the first half as a good free throw by Joe Bertrand (Saugus, Mass.) carried his team to a 12-10 lead. The Monks countered with a 13-2 scoring run that featured four three-point baskets from three different players, building a 26-14 lead with 6:31 left in the first half. 

Another Saint Joseph's triple by Mario Nery with 2:09 left in the first half created a 15-point advantage for the hosts, but Norwich would score six points in the final 1:51 of play to cut its halftime deficit to 35-24. The Monks capitalized on second-chance opportunities, scoring nine points while limiting the Cadets to only two points on the second try. 

Norwich turned in some sharp shooting in the second half as sophomore Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Hogervorst made back-to-back three's to shrink the Monks lead to 39-32, a seven-point differential. Ryan Fitzgerald added a jumper to extend the Norwich scoring run to eight points, 39-34 with 14:06 left in regulation time. 

The late comeback was not to be for Norwich as the home team shot nearly 50% from the floor (12-for-25) while making 10-of-11 shots from the free throw line. The closest that Norwich came to tying the game was following a Hogervorst layup at 8:51 that cut the lead to 50-44. 

Three different players scored 12 points for Saint Joseph's, who finished the game by making all but one of their 13 free throw chances. The team also shot a combined 9-for-24 from beyond the arc, making three's at a nearly 38% clip. 

Norwih hosts Lasell College this Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. in Andrews Hall.