Men’s Basketball: Cadets post 50 points in the paint, cruise to victory over Lynx

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men’s basketball team outscored the Lesley University Lynx by 30 in the second half en route to turning a seven-point halftime lead into a 96-59 win in non-conference action in Andrews Hall on Tuesday night.

A quadruplet of Cadets tallied double-figures in the win, with Owen Liss (West Suffield, Conn.) going a perfect 6-6 from the floor to finish with 16 points in just 17 minutes of action, while Leonard Brice (Denton, Texas) went 7-11 on field goals to also log 16 points.  Jalen Olivero (Holyoke, Mass.) registered 13 points to go with three assists, while Nick Graves (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) knocked down a pair of treys to clock in a 12-point performance.

Norwich struggled early with Lesley, largely thanks to the play of Malachi Howard, who was responsible for 18 of the Lynx’s 34 first-half points.  Lesley rushed out to a pair of three-point leads in the opening three minutes, before reclaiming their final lead of the game at 16-15 at the 10:47 mark.  The Cadets would subsequently embark on a 17-5 run to take a double-digit lead, and would keep the Lynx at the bay for the closing 10 minutes.

Despite a 41-34 halftime lead for Norwich, the Lynx would keep within striking distance, with a Howard layup trimming the Cadets’ growing lead to 23, 73-50, halfway through the second frame.  Norwich would never look back from that point, going on an 18-1 run that was capped off by a pair of freebies from Nabiyu Ndiaye (Barcelona, Spain) to give the Cadets the first of two 40-point advantages.

“A real good team win tonight.  Very, very good contributions off the bench from Leonard Brice, Tom Dooling (Boston, Mass.), Nick Graves, and Rodrick Pearson (Hartford, Conn.),” Head Coach Paul Booth said.  “The freshmen stepped it up in the second half and held them to below 30% shooting, so great overall effort by the team.  I’m proud of the kids.”

The Cadets shot a blistering 52.1% clip from the floor, largely maintained by Norwich’s dominant 50-22 margin in points in the paint.  Norwich also held a 42-15 edge in bench points, while the Lynx had slight advantages in points off turnovers in second chance points.  11 different Cadets scored in Norwich’s 37-point victory.

Norwich will look to continue its roll on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, when they had over to the Barre Auditorium in Barre, Vt., for the Barre Granite Association College Classic.  The two-day event will see the Cadets battle with Vermont Technical College at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, before taking on Castleton University on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.