CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's basketball team travels to Nashua, N.H., to face the Raiders of Rivier University in the Spartans' final regular season non-conference game of the 2017-18 season Tuesday, Jan. 9, starting at 7 p.m.
The Spartans improved to 5-7 overall with a 56-55 victory over the Lyndon Hornets Saturday afternoon. Castleton is now tied with Green Mountain and Thomas College for fourth place in the North Atlantic Conference standings with a 3-3 league mark, one-and-a-half games behind third place New England College. This will be the first meeting all-time between Castleton and Rivier.
Tyler Arsenault led the Spartans Saturday with a career-high 12 points, the third game in his Castleton career with 10 or more points. Ben Mrowka remains the team's leading scorer at 11.9 points per game, while Pavin Parrish has been Castleton's most consistent player, averaging 11.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.
Rivier enters Tuesday's game with a 1-10 overall record, falling to 0-3 within the Great Northeast Athletic Conference after losing to Regis Saturday, 87-70. The Raiders' only victory so far this season came on Dec. 10 against Paul Smith's College, 99-72. As a team, Rivier is scoring 72.7 points and allowing 88.5 points per game, plus the team is shooting 39.5 percent from the field, including 30.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 75.8 percent from the free throw line.
Tristian Givens joined the Raiders after the winter break and made an immediate impact in the Regis game, scoring 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, including 5-of-9 from behind the three-point line, and 5-of-6 shooting from the free throw line, plus he collected four rebounds and five steals. Tarik Rivers finished with nine points and six assists against Regis, while Ian Wade pulled down nine rebounds in Saturday's game.
After Tuesday's game, Castleton returns to NAC competition for the rest of the regular season, starting with a home game against Johnson State Saturday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m.