CASTINE, Maine – Castleton University played one of its most complete games of the season, giving up its fewest points of the season while hitting nearly half of its field goal attempts in defeating Maine Maritime Academy, 62-42, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference men's basketball game at Smith Gym.
Casey Belade did not start the game, but he played 25 minutes and led the Spartans in scoring with 14 points. Tondi Mushandu shot 6-of-10 from the field as he finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Josh Hanson posted a career-high scoring total for the second straight game, hitting 5-of-6 shots from the field for 12 points and seven rebounds of his own.
Maine Maritime (3-16, 2-10 NAC) went on an 11-4 scoring run early, capped by a traditional three-point play from Adam Richardson. Julian Santos hit a three-pointer to begin a 15-5 Castleton scoring stretch, punctuated by layups from Hanson and Belade.
After a layup by Richardson, the Spartans went on a 9-0 scoring run, with Belade scoring seven of those points, to extend their lead to 30-18. Nicholas DePatsy hit two three-pointers to close the Mariner deficit to six late in the first half, but a putback by Richard Walker as the buzzer sounded gave the Spartans a 34-26 lead at halftime.
Castleton held Maine Maritime scoreless through the first four minutes of the second half while scoring six straight points to increase its lead to 40-26. The Spartans continued to slowly pull away from the Mariners, putting together an 11-4 scoring run to end the game.
Richardson was perfect from the field (8-for-8) and the free throw line (2-for-2) as he led all players with 18 points to go along with seven rebounds, while DePatsy hit three three-pointers on his way to an 11-point effort. However, as a team, the Mariners shot just 33.3 percent (18-of-54) from the field, including 3-of-17 from behind the three-point line, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
The Spartans hit 49.1 percent (28-for-57) of their field goal attempts, including 4-for-15 from behind the three-point line, and 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Castleton won the rebounding battle, 37-28, earned more assists (15) than turnovers (12), and scored 16 points off 16 Mariner turnovers.
Castleton (10-9, 7-5 NAC) returns to Glenbrook Gym for a key NAC contest against the Lyndon Hornets Tuesday, Jan. 30, starting at 7:30 p.m.