Men's Basketball: Norwich Blazed off the Trail by MCLA

Mark Collier
Mark Collier

ADAMS, Mass. – The Norwich University men's basketball team suffered a 95-76 loss on the road to MCLA on Saturday afternoon at Amsler Gym.

Norwich (2-10) was led offensively by sophomore guard Caleb Casinas (Aiea, Hawaii) who scored a season-high 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting while adding three steals. Junior forward Kyle Booth (Northfield, Vt.) and sophomore forward Donovan Lewis Jr. (Savannah, Ga.) each scored 13 points with Booth also leading the team with six rebounds and a pair of blocks.

MCLA (7-4) took the early advantage in the game jumping out to a 7-2 advantage following a layup by Chris Becker just two and a half minutes into the first half. Another Becker layup extended the lead to 11-4 before the Cadets started to battle back.

A 9-2 run for Norwich capped by a layup by sophomore guard Spencer Conatser (Reno, Nev.) closed the lead to 13-11 with just under 15 minutes to play. 

Both teams then spent the next three minutes feeling each other out defensively with neither team able to generate any points.

MCLA was the first team to break the scoring drought as Quran Davis made a layup which sparked a 14-4 run giving the hosts a 27-15 lead at the 6:08 mark. 

Freshman forward Jordan Hunt's (Alexandria, Va.) three-pointer at the 3:42 mark brought the Cadets to within 29-24, however, the hosts were able to extend their advantage to 44-36 by halftime.

Booth's three-pointer just 28 seconds into the second half brought the Cadets within seven at 46-39, but that was as close as they would get as MCLA protected its home-court advantage throughout the remainder of the game leading by as many as 25 late in the second half.

Norwich was unable to restrict MCLA as the hosts enjoyed an efficient night from the floor shooting 54.5 percent, including a 40 percent mark from beyond the arc. The Trailblazers also handled the Cadets on the boards outrebounding the visitors 45-32. Norwich shot 40.3 percent for the game with a 22.6 percent mark from distance.

The Cadets will continue their four-game road stretch next Saturday when they kick off their conference schedule against the Anna Maria at 2 p.m.