NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Lasell men's basketball team is 3-0 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action following a 91-56 victory at Norwich University on Thursday evening. With their sixth straight win, the Lasers climb to 6-3 on the year, while Norwich falls to 0-2 in the conference and 2-6 overall.
STAT LEADERS FOR LASELL
Three players scored double digits with senior Logan Liberty (Duxbury, Vt.) posting a team-high 19 points with seven rebounds, a block with a pair of assists. Classmate Richard O'Brien (Manchster, N.H.) contributed with 17 points, while Pat Marchand (Cranston, R.I.) packed the stat sheet with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
STAT LEADERS FOR NORWICH
Sophomores Zygimantas Sirvydas (Silale, Lithuania) and Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) scored 14 and 11 points, respectively. Booth, who poured in seven points in the first half, shot 4-of-6 from the floor, including a pair of shots from beyond the arc and made his only free throw attempt. Sirvydas shot just 2-of-4 from the field and made both shots from the line, pulled down a rebound and collected a pair of assists on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lasell jumped out to a 11-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the game before the Cadets got on the board on a Mike Hogervorst (Leiden, Netherlands) layup at the 13:04 mark. The Lasers managed to accumulate the points by penetrating the paint with back door passes for the easy layups throughout the half. Norwich struggled to hit the net, shooting just 31 percent from the floor in the stanza and made just 2-of-11 from beyond the arc with all four free throw attempts made, while the Lasers extended the lead to 37-24 at the half after hitting 53.1 percent from the floor and 2-of-5 from the three-point range.
The second half was all Lasell as the Lasers improved their marks by shooting 64.7 percent in the stanza that saw seven treys doing the most damage. Norwich strived to get into the contest but the Lasers pounded the boards with 19 rebounds to the Cadets' 10 with 11 points coming on second chances. Lasell closed out the contest with a 40 point lead for the 91-56 final score and its third conference win of the season.
The Lasers will cap the 2015 year with a home contest on Saturday, December 12 with Amherst College, while the Cadets will take a break for the holidays and return to action on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 on the road against New England College.
Recap Content Courtesy of Norwich Sports Information