STANDISH, Maine - Saint Joseph's College (16-9, 11-5 GNAC) defeated Norwich University (10-15,7-9 GNAC), 84-68, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's basketball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon.
As the #3 seed in the GNAC Tournament, the Monks will host sixth-seeded Suffolk University (14-11, 9-7 GNAC) in a quarterfinal contest at 7:30 PM on Tuesday.
Norwich has earned the #7 seed and will play at second-seeded Johnson & Wales University in other quarterfinal action Tuesday at 7:00 PM.
Senior forward Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine) became the 39th member of the Saint Joseph's College 1,000-Point Club after connecting on a 15-foot jumper at the 11:41 mark of the first half. The four-year starter required nine points to hit the milestone and finished the game with 12 on a 6-13 shooting performance.
Junior guard Jack Hostetler (Somers, Conn.) was credited with an assist on Richardson-Newton's historic field goal.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The game was closely-contested with the conference counterparts swapping buckets into the early minutes of the second stanza. Leading 51-48 with 16:37 remaining, the Monks gained separation - and essentially put the game out of reach - with a 21-7 run, as junior guard Darian Berry (Rochester, N.H.) capped the surge with a layup to lift the hosts to a 72-55 cushion with 7:26 on the clock.
The Cadets fought back to within 11 points (79-68) with 2:45 left, but the Monks' defense held the visitors without a field goal for the remainder of play.
STATS OF THE GAME:
St. Joe's held a 20-8 lead in second-chance points and shot 44.4% (12-27) from three-point distance - Norwich posted a 33.3% (10-33) rate from downtown - in the victory.
LEADERS - SAINT JOSEPH'S:
Berry netted a career-high 30 points with eight rebounds and three assists while shooting 11-18 from the field and 7-10 from three-point range
Richardson-Newton chipped in with 12 points, six boards, and a pair of steals
Junior forward Jae Johns (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) came off the bench to score 10 points with five rebounds and was 5-6 from the floor in 18 minutes
Freshman guard Jack Casale (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) contributed nine points, five caroms, and two assists
Junior guard Ian Mileikis (Auburn, Maine) tallied eight points, eight boards, and four assists
LEADERS - NORWICH:
Senior guard Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) scored 21 points with six rebounds and three steals and also netted his 1,000th career point this afternoon
Freshman guard Jesse Davis (Woodinville, Wash.) scored 16 points off a 7-13 shooting effort
Senior center Mike Horgervorst (Leiden, South Holland) added 11 points, eight rebounds, and three assists
Prior to the start of the contest, Saint Joseph's held a brief ceremony to honor the program's two seniors: Richardson-Newton and Aaron Hall (Haverhill, Mass.). The pair of senior forwards were joined by family members and the SJC coaching staff at center court.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 19-4 in the history of the series with Norwich University and avenges a 75-72 setback at the hands of the Cadets earlier this season (1/6/18).
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.