Castleton Loses at Conference-Leading Husson

Castleton Loses at Conference-Leading Husson

BANGOR, Maine – The Castleton University men's basketball team lost to Husson University, 90-69, Friday night in a North Atlantic Conference contest at Newman Gym.

Tondi Mushandu led Castleton with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Hanson shot 5-of-6 from the field to score a career-high 10 points. The Spartan reserves saw most of the action in the second half, led by nine points from Denis LeCours and seven points from Michael Morgan.

Castleton scored the first six points of the game within the opening two minutes, and then answered a 6-0 Husson run with a three-pointer from Skyler Boyd to retake the lead at 13-12. Raheem Anderson hit a three-pointer and Bruce St. Peter made a layup to give the Eagles a 17-13 advantage with 12:31 left in the first half.

Consecutive three-pointers from Cole Thomas extended the Husson lead to 10 at 25-15, a margin that would remain constant the rest of the first half. Thomas grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a putback at the first half buzzer to give the Eagles a 41-31 halftime lead.

Husson (14-4, 10-1 NAC) put the game away early in the second half with a 26-2 scoring run over the span of six minutes to extend its lead to 71-37. Consecutive three-pointers by Taurian Archie capped a 10-1 Castleton scoring run over the next three minutes, but Babafemi Onigbanjo collected 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench to help the Eagles cruise to the victory.

Anderson led the Eagles with 18 points and three steals, while Thomas finished with 16 points and three steals. As a team, Husson shot 51.4 percent (37-of-72) from the field, including 7-of-20 from behind the three-point line, and 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from the free throw line.

The Spartans shot 36.5 percent (23-of-63) from the field, including 7-of-26 from behind the three-point line, and 69.6 percent (16-of-23) from the free throw line. Husson won the rebounding battle, 50-37, including 16 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points for the Eagles.

Castleton (9-9, 6-5 NAC) concludes the weekend road trip at Maine Maritime Saturday, Jan. 27, starting at 3 p.m.