CASTLETON, Vt. – Coming off two one-point victories, the Castleton University men's basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to three games when it hosts Johnson State College in a North Atlantic Conference contest.
A reminder that, with ice and snow causing tough travel conditions Saturday, the game has been moved to Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.
After returning from the winter break, Castleton has held on for one-point victories over Lyndon (56-55) and Rivier (64-63). Those wins improved the Spartans' overall record to 6-7, with the team entering the weekend tied with Green Mountain and Thomas College for fourth place in the NAC standings at 3-3.
The veteran members of the squad have led the way over the past two games, starting at Lyndon when Tyler Arsenault scored a career-high 12 points, while Tondi Mushandu collected eight points, seven rebounds, and five steals. This past Tuesday at Rivier, Arsenault scored 10 points, Mushandu grabbed 10 rebounds, and Julian Santos led the Spartans with 12 points, capped by two free throws with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to keep Castleton on top.
Johnson State has also won two straight games, improving to 5-7 overall with victories at Lyndon (109-86) Tuesday and against Vermont Tech (92-67) Thursday. The Badgers currently sit in seventh place in the NAC standings with a 2-4 league record, one game behind the three teams tied for fourth place.
Marqwon Wynn leads the team with 19.3 points and 4.3 assists per game, plus he has grabbed 4.6 rebounds and earned 2.1 steals per game. Jeyquan Johnson has contributed 14.6 points per game, Demetrius Slade is averaging 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 4.0 steals per game, and Shakeel Irvin has added 9.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per contest.
These teams met in Johnson, Vt., on Nov. 28, with the Badgers coming away with an 82-70 victory over the Spartans. Wynn led the Badgers with 22 points and eight assists, Johnson finished with 20 points, and Slade contributed 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, and nine steals. Mushandu notched his seventh career double-double, leading the Spartans with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
After Sunday's game, Castleton plays three conference contests in the span of five days, first traveling to New England College Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Spartans then host Maine-Farmington next Friday, Jan. 19, and Thomas next Saturday, Jan. 20.