CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's basketball team opens its 11-game home schedule Friday, Nov. 18, against Curry College starting at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.
The Spartans lost their season opener on the road to Skidmore College, 77-61, Tuesday night. Skidmore hit 15 three-pointers and was credited with 21 assists versus just nine turnovers during the game. Castleton shot 46 percent (23-for-50) from the field, including 4-for-12 from behind the three-point line, and 78.6 percent (11-for-14) from the free throw line.
Playing in his first game since Dec. 12, 2015, Chad Copeland led all players with 22 points, hitting 7-of-14 shots from the field and 6-of-8 attempts from the free throw line. Pavin Parrish scored 14 points, Edmund Fitzgerald pulled down a team-high six rebounds, and Jordan Nelson finished with seven points, six assists, and five rebounds.
Curry enters the game with a 0-1 record after losing in double overtime to Lesley at home Tuesday night, 87-83. James Pina sent the game into overtime with a jumper with 26 seconds remaining in regulation, and Jordan Bellitti scored four straight points down the stretch of the first overtime to tie the contest at 71-71 and extend it into a second extra period
Pina led the Colonels with a double-double, finishing with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Bellitti collected 18 points and nine rebounds. As a team, Curry shot 46.8 percent (29-for-62) from the field, including 6-for-15 from behind the three-point line, and 82.6 percent (19-for-23) from the free throw line.
The Colonels did not win a game during the 2015-16 season, last earning a victory in the 2014-15 season finale in overtime over Salve Regina, 84-80. Pina led the team last year with 14.3 points per game, followed by Paul Preziosi with 14.0 points per game, with each player tying for the team lead in rebounding at 6.7 rebounds per game.
This will be the first meeting between Castleton and Curry since Dec. 10, 2001, when Curry defeated Castleton at Glenbrook Gym, 78-74. The two teams played nine days earlier at Norwich University, an 89-85 Castleton victory.