CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's basketball team faces competition for the first time in over three weeks, heading to Lyndonville, Vt., to take on the Lyndon State College Hornets Saturday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m.
The Spartans enter the game with a 4-7 overall record after losing at Pine Manor College Dec. 13, 75-63. Castleton enters the weekend tied with Green Mountain for sixth place in the North Atlantic Conference standings at 2-3, just a half-game behind fifth-place Maine-Farmington but only a half-game ahead of Lyndon and Johnson State in an eighth place tie.
As a team, Castleton is scoring 81.4 points per game and allowing 83.1 points per contest. The Spartans are 15th in the country in turnovers forced, causing their opponents to commit 20.7 turnovers per game, as well as 38th in Division III in three-pointers made per game with 10.2 made three-point field goals.
Ben Mrowka continues to lead the Spartans in scoring with 12.5 points per game, as he is 34th in the country in made three-pointers with 3.4 long distance baskets per game. Senior Pavin Parrish has been Castleton's most consistent player this season, averaging 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.
Lyndon enters Saturday's game with a 1-8 overall record after losing at Plymouth State Wednesday night, 91-73. The Hornets, 1-3 in NAC play, are scoring 73.0 points per game and allowing 90.1 points per contest while shooting 39.0 percent from the field, including 29.6 percent from behind the three-point line, and 63.4 percent from the free throw line.
Six Hornets have appeared in all nine games this season, with Darren Williams Jr. and Zach Knowlton starting every game so far this year for Lyndon. Williams is averaging 8.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game, while Knowlton has contributed 5.3 points per game for the Hornets. Kendrick Mills shot 7-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line, as he led Lyndon with 18 points against Plymouth State.
This is believed to be the 118th meeting all-time between Castleton and Lyndon, with the Spartans holding an 86-31 series advantage.
The Spartans swept the season series from the Hornets last year, first winning at Glenbrook Gym, 58-50, thanks in part to 16 points off 16 Lyndon turnovers. In the rematch in Lyndonville, Jordan Nelson led Castleton with 18 points as the Spartans held off the Hornets, 69-68.
After Saturday's game, Castleton once again steps out of conference for a road game at Rivier University Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. The Spartans return to Glenbrook Gym next Saturday, Jan. 13, hosting Johnson State for a 3 p.m. tipoff.