Men’s Basketball Begins Crucial Stretch Tuesday at Colby-Sawyer

Men’s Basketball Begins Crucial Stretch Tuesday at Colby-Sawyer

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's basketball team begins a stretch of three games over the span of five days with a trip to New London, N.H., to face Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 5:30 p.m.

The Spartans are 12-5 overall and 7-4 in the North Atlantic Conference after Saturday's 80-68 loss at Green Mountain. Castleton remains in second place in the league standings, but just a half-game in front of Thomas and Maine-Farmington, the two teams it will host over the weekend.

Tondi Mushandu remains at the top of the conference leaderboard in field goal percentage at 63.9 percent, 10th-best in the country, while Edmund Fitzgerald is fourth in the NAC in the same category, hitting 56.5 percent of his field goal attempts. Fitzgerald is also fifth in the league in rebounding with 7.5 boards per game, and Ben Mrowka is third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 42.2 percent.

Colby-Sawyer is 8-11 overall and 5-7 in the conference, currently eighth in the NAC standings, after splitting last weekend's games with a win at Maine Maritime (83-56) and a loss at Husson (98-90). As a team, the Chargers are averaging 79.2 points per game and shooting 42.1 percent from the field, including 33.0 percent from behind the three-point line, and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.

Jourdain Bell is first on the team, third in the conference, and 33rd in the country in scoring with 21.4 points per game, plus he also leads the Chargers with 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Dana Bean is third in the league in field goal percentage at 57 percent, fourth in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game, and second on the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game.

On Jan. 12 in Castleton, the Spartans shot 56.5 percent from the field, including 50 percent from behind the three-point line, as seven players scored in double figures to help Castleton defeat Colby-Sawyer, 101-92. Mushandu and Chad Copeland scored 16 points apiece to lead the Spartans, while Patrick Coffey led Colby-Sawyer with a double-double, scoring a career-high 27 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

As mentioned before, Castleton hosts Thomas College Friday, Feb. 3, and Maine-Farmington Saturday, Feb. 4, as the Spartans look to remain near the top of the league standings.