BANGOR, Maine – Castleton University fell victim to an offensive onslaught by Husson University, as the Eagles defeated the Spartans, 85-59, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference men's collegiate basketball game.
Pavin Parrish was the one bright spot for the Spartans, scoring a season-high 20 points as well as grabbing six rebounds. All 16 active players saw action for Castleton as different combinations were used to try and slow down Husson's attack as well as swing momentum in any way towards the visitors.
After Chad Copeland hit the first shot of the game, Husson went on a 16-2 scoring run, with Raheem Anderson hitting four three-pointers as he scored 14 of the 16 points. Jordan Nelson drove in for a layup to cut the Spartan deficit to nine, but the Eagles responded with 11 unanswered points, starting with consecutive three-pointers by Mitch Worcester, to extend their lead to 34-14 with 8:22 left in the first half.
Eli Itkin hit consecutive three-pointers as part of an 8-0 Husson scoring run that gave the Eagles a 45-19 advantage with 4:34 remaining before halftime. Husson hit 10 three-pointers in the first half and scored 16 points off 10 Castleton turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The Spartans scored the first two baskets of the second half, but Husson came right back with seven unanswered points. Another 7-0 run by the Eagles extended their lead to 74-41 midway through the second half, and the Spartans could not come any closer than 23 points behind the rest of the way.
Husson (17-6, 14-2 NAC) was led by Anderson with 24 points and four assists, while Itkin finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Eagles shot 46.3 percent (31-of-67) from the field, including 15-of-30 from behind the three-point line, and 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the free throw line.
Castleton (15-7, 10-6 NAC) wraps up the regular season next week, first traveling to Lyndon State Thursday, Feb. 16, for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff, followed by the home finale against Johnson State Saturday, Feb. 18, starting at 1 p.m.