Basketball: Norwich set to host 25th annual Ed Hockenbury Classic this weekend


NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men’s and women’s basketball programs will host the 2022 Ed Hockenbury Classic in its 25th anniversary, scheduled for the weekend of Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4 in Andrews Hall.

The Hockenbury Classic honors Ed Hockenbury, the former Norwich men’s basketball head coach and Norwich Athletics Hall of Famer, who spearheaded the Cadets on the sidelines for 16 seasons and was pivotal in bringing recognition to the Cadets within the state of Vermont and on a national scale.  The winningest basketball coach in Norwich history at that time, Hockenbury coached the Norwich men’s basketball team from the 1976-77 season until the 1991-92 campaign.

The Norwich women’s basketball team will tip off the festivities on Friday afternoon, hosting Eastern Nazarene College in a 6:00 p.m. duel.  Westfield State University and Trinity College will close out the night with an 8:00 p.m. bout.  Trinity enters the Hockenbury Classic having won three in a row between 2015-2018, while Westfield State will look to give the MASCAC its first Hockenbury crown since Bridgewater State captured the title in 2013.

The Cadets will attempt to avenge a loss to Eastern Nazarene last year while looking to win their first Hockenbury championship since 2014, hosting a Lions squad coached by former Norwich men’s basketball assistant Didier Dinh.

The losers of Friday’s contests will meet in a consolation tilt at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the championship game at 3:00 p.m.  The victors will dethrone Wellesley College as the reigning Hockenbury champions, after the Blue topped Norwich in the title tilt last season.

Saturday’s contests will stretch into the evening, as the Norwich men’s team will look to build on a successful start to the season, hosting New England College at 6:00 p.m.  The University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals will make their return after nearly rallying from a 20-point deficit against Colby-Sawyer College in last year’s Classic, battling a Bridgewater State squad that has ripped through the month of November behind an high-octane offense.

Norwich, much like the women’s team, will look to exact revenge for a loss to New England College last year, all the while aiming for its first Hockenbury title since 2010.

Prior to Norwich’s 6:00 p.m. duel, the Cadets men’s team will honor graduating senior Dale Green (Jacksonville, Fla.) prior to tip-off.

The Classic will conclude on Sunday, with the men’s consolation tilt scheduled for 1:00 p.m. before the winners of Saturday night’s tilts meet at 3:00 p.m.  Springfield brought down Norwich in the championship bout last December.

All eight games of the 2022 Ed Hockenbury Classic will be live streamed, available here.  Live stats will also be available for all eight games of the tournament, with women’s stats found here, while men’s stats can be located here.

Admission to the tournament is free, and a digital program will be available at a later time here.