Castleton Men’s Basketball Loses Season Opener at Skidmore

Castleton Men’s Basketball Loses Season Opener at Skidmore

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Skidmore College used the three-point shot to its advantage Tuesday night, as the Thoroughbreds hit 15 three-pointers on their way to a 77-61 victory over Castleton University in a non-conference men's collegiate basketball game at the Williamson Center.

Chad Copeland led Castleton with 22 points, with Pavin Parrish scoring 14 points during the game. Jordan Nelson contributed seven points, five rebounds, and six assists as the Spartans shot 46 percent (23-of-50) from the field, including 4-of-12 from behind the three-point line, and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the free throw line.

Castleton scored the first four points of the game before Skidmore scored 10 unanswered points, starting with consecutive three-pointers from Jack Morrow. After a basket by Julian Santos, the Thoroughbreds scored eight straight points, featuring another three-pointer by Morrow as well as a long-distance basket by Jack Byrne.

Ahead by 10 points at halftime, Skidmore pulled away thanks to four straight three-pointers by Morrow, Aldin Medunjanin, and two from Royce Paris. The two teams basically traded baskets the rest of the way.

Skidmore (1-0) hit 51 percent (26-of-51) of its field goal attempts, including 15-of-32 from behind the three-point line, and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) of its free throw attempts. Byrne scored 19 points and Morrow added 17 points as they each hit five three-pointers, while Paris finished with 15 points and six steals and Medunjanin contributed 13 points, five rebounds, and eight assists.

Castleton (0-1) opens the home schedule this Friday, Nov. 18, against Curry College starting at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.