CASTLETON, Vt. – After an exciting victory over New England College Saturday, the Castleton University men's basketball team faces the other North Atlantic Conference school based in New Hampshire, traveling to New London, N.H., to take on Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday, Dec. 5, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Spartans defeated the Pilgrims, 92-85, to improve to 3-4 overall and 1-1 within the conference, moving into a tie for fifth place in the league standings. As a team, Castleton is scoring 88.7 points per game, allowing 89.6 points per contest, and shooting 42.7 percent from the field, including 32.3 percent from behind the three-point line, and 68.4 percent from behind the three-point line.
After his third game of the year scoring at least 20 points, Ben Mrowka continues to lead the Spartans with 15.0 points per game, thanks in large part to a 52.6 percent shooting effort from behind the three-point line, currently fifth best in the league. Pavin Parrish has scored exactly 12 points in five of the seven games and is second on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game, just ahead of Jordan Nelson at 10.4 points per game.
Colby-Sawyer is 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the NAC after defeating Green Mountain Saturday afternoon, 80-50. As a team, the Chargers are scoring 73.6 points per game, allowing 70.6 points per contest, and shooting 39.6 percent from the field, including 35.1 percent from behind the three-point line, and 71.3 percent from the free throw line.
Patrick Coffey leads the Chargers in scoring with 16.8 points per game as he is shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the free throw line. Dana Bean is averaging 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, while Jourdain Bell is contributing 11.4 points, 2.8 assists, and 3.6 steals per game.
Castleton and Colby-Sawyer will be meeting for the 23rd time, with the Chargers holding a 13-9 series advantage, including six victories in the last seven contests. The teams split the season series last year, with each squad winning on its home floor.
On Jan. 12, 2017, at Glenbrook Gym, seven Castleton players reached double figures in scoring as the Spartans defeated the Chargers, 101-92, led by Chad Copeland with 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists and Tondi Mushandu with 16 points and nine rebounds. Colby-Sawyer won the rematch on Jan. 31, 2017, at Coffin Field House, 77-74, despite Copeland earning 19 points and 10 rebounds.
After Tuesday's game, Castleton returns to Glenbrook Gym for conference matchups against Maine Maritime Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Husson Saturday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.