CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's basketball team looks to continue its winning ways when it hosts Plymouth State Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Glenbrook Gym beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Spartans evened their record to 1-1 with a 79-65 victory over Curry College Friday night. Castleton shot 63 percent (29-of-46) from the field, the first time the team hit over 60 percent of its field goal attempts since Feb. 22, 2013. In addition, the Spartans scored 28 points off 20 Curry turnovers and went 16-of-20 from the free throw line in the second half.
After missing 16 of the team's final 17 games of the 2015-16 season due to injury, Chad Copeland has led the Spartans through this season's first two games, scoring 22 points in each contest. Pavin Parrish is averaging 12.5 points per game, and newcomer Jordan Nelson is contributing 9.5 points and 5.0 assists per game.
Plymouth State is 2-0 so far this season with a neutral-site victory over Rivier (84-60) and a home win over Norwich (67-62). As a team, the Panthers are shooting 47.5 percent from the field, including 8-of-33 from behind the three-point line, and 69.0 percent from the free throw line. Jack Preston leads Plymouth State in scoring and rebounding with 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, with Ernie Johnson and Curtis Arsenault each averaging 12.0 points per game.
Castleton and Plymouth State has split the last six meetings, with the home team winning each of the last four contests between the two teams. Two years ago at Glenbrook Gym, the Spartans defeated the Panthers, 75-70, led by Copeland with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Last season, Plymouth State won on its home floor, 88-71, as six Panthers reached double figures in scoring, led by Arsenault with 18 points and nine rebounds.