CASTLETON, Vt. – In a game that was closer than the final score indicates, Castleton University played with Husson University until the Eagles made a run in the second half, to pull away from the Spartans, 89-74, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference men's basketball game at Glenbrook Gym.
Nathaniel Kingsley shot 7-for-10 from the field as he scored a season-high 17 points, plus he tied his season best with a team-high eight rebounds. Ben Mrowka started to find his shooting stroke, hitting three three-pointers for 11 points, and Jordan Nelson dished out a game-high seven assists.
Castleton jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first two-and-a-half minutes, but Husson quickly erased its deficit with an 11-2 scoring run to pull ahead, 13-11, seven minutes into the game. The Spartans responded with six straight points, including a three-pointer by Pavin Parrish to put Castleton back on top 29-27 with six minutes left in the opening half.
Mrowka hit a three-pointer with three minutes to go before halftime, but Husson again responded, holding Castleton scoreless the rest of the half to rally for a 38-37 halftime advantage. The two teams continued to trade baskets through the first five minutes of the second half before the Eagles took the lead for good.
Husson (6-1, 4-0 NAC) put the game away with a 17-3 scoring run, featuring three-pointers early in the run by Mitch Worcester and DJ Bussey. The Eagles hit over half of their field goal attempts throughout the game at 52.3 percent (34-for-65), including 9-for-19 from behind the three-point line, and 66.7 percent (12-for-18) from the free throw line.
Five Husson players reached double figures in scoring, led by Raheem Anderson with 24 points and eight rebounds. Bussey scored 13 points off the bench, and Worcester, Kyanti Blyden, and Corey Kaiser all finished with 10 points apiece.
The Spartans shot 45.5 percent (30-for-66) from the field, including 10-for-31 from behind the three-point line, but just 36.4 percent (4-for-11) from the free throw line. Castleton won the rebounding battle, 42-34, including 18 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second-chance points. However, the home team committed 20 turnovers that led to 24 Husson points.
Castleton (4-6, 2-3 NAC) wraps up the first part of the season with a non-conference game at Pine Manor College Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. Husson heads to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., next Sunday and Monday, Dec. 17-18, to face St. Mary's (Maryland) and Simpson.