NORTHFIELD, VT – Saint Joseph's (15-6, 11-4 GNAC) defeated Norwich University (5-16, 4-11 GNAC), 79-65, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's basketball contest on Tuesday evening. Senior guard Chris Petzy (Kensington, N.H.) poured in 22 points and was 5-7 from three-point distance in the Monks' victory.
The first half featured seven lead changes and eight tie scores as neither team was able to attain more than a four-point cushion until the Monks recorded an 8-2 run en route to capturing a 32-26 advantage with 3:39 before the break.
Saint Joseph's would carry a 41-35 lead into intermission with the help of Petzy's 15 first-half points. Norwich senior forward Antonio Davis (Albany, N.Y.) paced the Cadets with 16 points over the opening 20 minutes of play.
St. Joe's led for the entire second stanza but would not secure a double-digit cushion until Petzy netted a trifecta to lift his team to a 56-46 advantage with 12:40 remaining in the contest. Norwich freshman guard Evan Tullar (Chelsea, Vt.) cut his team's deficit down to seven points (69-62) with a trey of his own at the 4:31 mark, but the Monks put the game away with a 10-2 outburst in the closing minutes.
For the Monks, senior guard Zach O'Brien (Schenectady, N.Y.) tallied 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds, Medeiros added 14 with the help of a 6-6 effort from the charity stripe, and sophomore center Clark Noonan (Bangor, Maine) came off the bench to record 10 points and four boards over 16 minutes of playing time.
For the Cadets, Davis poured in a game-high 30 points and was 10-13 from the field and 10-11 from the FT line with eight boards and three blocked shots in a losing effort.
With the win Saint Joseph's improves to 8-3 in the history of the series with Norwich University, a conference foe the Monks defeated earlier this season by a 63-32 margin.
Saint Joseph's will host Rivier College in the Monks' final regular-season home contest on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM. The Monks' four seniors – Petzy, O'Brien, Tom Ray (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Spenser Adams (North Yarmouth, Maine) – will be honored with a brief ceremony prior to tip-off.