CASTLETON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College controlled its game against Castleton University on both ends of the floor, shooting the ball well and playing tough defense as the Mountaineers defeated the Spartans, 101-84, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference men's collegiate basketball game at Glenbrook Gym.
Ben Mrowka once again led Castleton in scoring, hitting four three-pointers as he finished with 16 points, while Pavin Parrish ended up with 12 points, five assists, and three steals. Julian Santos contributed 13 points off the bench, and Tyler Arsenault added 10 points and five rebounds.
The early part of the game was competitive, with nine ties and 10 lead changes in the first 13 minutes of the contest. Southern Vermont broke on top to stay thanks to a 14-3 scoring run over a four-minute span, with Claude Payne scoring the first seven points in that stretch.
Southern Vermont (4-0) extended its lead to 59-41 three minutes into the second half by putting together a 12-2 scoring run, capped by three-pointers from Andre Hodo and Kyle Depollar. A jumper by Daemond Carter midway through the second half gave the Mountaineers their biggest lead of the game at 77-53.
The Spartans outscored the Mountaineers 15-5 over the next three minutes, punctuated by a three-pointer from Santos, to close their deficit to 14, and then a Mrowka three-pointer brought Castleton within 10 at 87-77 with 4:10 left in regulation. However, a traditional three-point play by Tyler McLeod helped the Mountaineers extend their advantage back to a comfortable margin the rest of the way.
Six players scored in double figures for Southern Vermont, led by McLeod with 18 points and Payne with 17 points. Hodo finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, and two steals, while Depollar and Mike Pierre each scored 13 points and Carter contributed 12 points along with six rebounds, five assists, and four steals.
As a team, the Mountaineers shot 51.7 percent (31-for-60) from the field, including 5-for-14 from behind the three-point line, and 75.6 percent (34-for-45) from the free throw line. Southern Vermont won the rebounding battle, 44-31.
The Spartans shot 43.3 percent (29-for-67) from the field, including 11-for-33 from behind the three-point line, and 68.2 percent (15-for-22) from the free throw line.
Castleton (2-3) begins North Atlantic Conference play at Johnson State Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m., before returning to Glenbrook Gym to host New England College next Saturday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. Southern Vermont is off until next Saturday when it hosts Pine Manor at 1 p.m.