CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's basketball team returns to action Saturday, Jan. 28, for a 1 p.m. tipoff against Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt.
The Spartans, currently with a 12-4 overall record, were scheduled to play Pine Manor Tuesday night, but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather creating bad traveling conditions. Castleton sits in second place in the NAC standings heading into the weekend with a 7-3 league mark, just one game behind conference leader Husson but only one game in front of New England College and Thomas.
Senior Chad Copeland is tied for fifth in the conference in rebounding and sixth in scoring with 18.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is tied for the team lead in rebounding with Tondi Mushandu, who is averaging 12.8 points per game thanks in part to a field goal percentage of .648, fourth in the country in that category.
Green Mountain dropped to 8-8 overall after losing at Pine Manor Thursday night, 85-68. The Eagles are tied for fifth in the NAC standings with a 5-5 league record after splitting its conference contests last weekend, defeating Maine Maritime by two points (61-59) before losing by eight points to Husson (80-72). As a team, Green Mountain is averaging 71.1 points per game and shooting 40.5 percent from the field, including 33.8 percent from behind the three-point line, and 64.4 percent from the free throw line.
Thomas Brown leads the team and is fifth in the conference in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game, while Patrick Rittmon is contributing 15.2 points per game. Pierce Weatherspoon is scoring 10.4 points per game and pulling down a team-high 7.1 rebounds per contest, just ahead of Javier Lugris's 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Green Mountain rallied in the second half to defeat Castleton, 62-56, on Jan. 7 in Glenbrook Gym. Both Copeland and Mushandu notched double-doubles for the Spartans, with Copeland finishing with 21 points and 12 rebounds and Mushandu adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lugris came off the bench and led the Eagles with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field, including a three-pointer with 4:06 left in regulation that gave Green Mountain the lead for good.
After Saturday's game, Castleton heads to Colby-Sawyer for a conference contest Tuesday, Jan. 31, before home games next weekend against Thomas (Feb. 3) and Maine-Farmington (Feb. 4).