CASTLETON, Vt. – Before taking a much-needed break to complete the fall semester and enjoy the holidays, the Castleton University men's basketball team heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face Pine Manor College Wednesday, Dec. 13, starting at 6 p.m.
The Spartans are currently tied with Green Mountain for sixth place in the North Atlantic Conference standings with a 2-3 league record after splitting their games over the weekend. Castleton, 4-6 overall, defeated Maine Maritime Friday, 68-52, before losing to conference leader Husson Saturday, 89-74.
Nathaniel Kingsley has been named NAC Rookie of the Week two straight times after reaching double figures in points in six of the last seven contests. Saturday, he shot 7-for-10 from the field for a season-high 17 points, plus he tied his season best total in rebounds with eight boards, leading the Spartans in both categories against the Eagles.
Pine Manor enters Wednesday's game with a 5-5 overall record, but the Gators won two straight games over the weekend, defeating Maine-Presque Isle Saturday (77-69) and Westfield State Sunday (79-72). As a team, Pine Manor is scoring 76.6 points and allowing 81.0 points per game as well as shooting 41.0 percent from the field, including 27.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 65.5 percent from the free throw line.
Jamel Hamans holds a slight lead in scoring within the team at 13.8 points per game, thanks in part to shooting 44.2 percent from behind the three-point line. Steven Collins is averaging 13.7 points, 3.1 assists, and 3.4 steals per game, and Rasheed Bell is contributing 13.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
This will be the first meeting ever between Castleton and Pine Manor, currently in its fourth year as a varsity program. The two teams were scheduled to meet last season at Pine Manor, but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather causing bad travel conditions.
Castleton will enjoy over three weeks between games, next taking the court Saturday, Jan. 6, at Lyndon starting at 3 p.m. The Spartans do not play at Glenbrook Gym again until Saturday, Jan. 13, against Johnson, also a 3 p.m. tipoff.