NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men's basketball team fell behind in the early going and could not recover as the Cadets capped off their 2019-20 campaign with a 94-67 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) loss to Johnson & Wales (R.I.) on Senior Day at Andrews Gym on Saturday.
In a brief ceremony before the game, the men's basketball program honored seniors Dan Bertrand (Saugus, Mass.), Josh Dumay (Framingham, Mass.) and Connor Miller (Sydney, Australia) recognizing them for their hard work and dedication during their careers.
Norwich (6-19, 2-9 GNAC) and Johnson & Wales (12-13, 4-7 GNAC) remained scoreless for the first three minutes of the game as neither team was able to find the range.
Following the quiet opening minutes, the Wildcats jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead highlighted by a pair of three-pointers by Aireus Raspberry and Nate Patenaude.
Sophomore forward Donovan Lewis Jr. (Savannah, Ga.) tried to put the team on his back scoring five-straight buckets for the Cadets, but the effort wasn't enough as the visitors continued to extend their lead to 29-15 with 6:50 remaining and forcing the Cadets into a timeout. However, the Cadets were unable to generate much offense being held scoreless for five and a half minutes and headed into the locker room down 47-19 at the half.
A rejuvenated Cadets' offense took the court for the second half outscoring the Wildcats 15-5 in the first five minutes to cut the deficit to 52-34. Sophomore guard Caleb Casinas (Aiea, Hawaii) and Lewis Jr. combined for 13 of the 15 points during the run.
Unfortunately, that was as close as the Cadets would get as JWU extended its lead to as many as 33 late in the third closing out the easy win and spoiling the Cadets' senior day.
Lewis Jr. led the Cadets with 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while Miller and Casinas chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Bertrand was the team's leading rebounder hauling in a game-high 11 boards. Junior Kyle Booth (Northfield, Vt.) contributed eight points, four boards, and four blocks.