Spartans Prepare for Short Road Trip Saturday

Spartans Prepare for Short Road Trip Saturday

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's basketball team will look to continue its strong play from January, making the short drive south to Poultney, Vt., to face Green Mountain College Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m.

The Spartans capped a 7-2 January with an 87-70 victory over Lyndon Tuesday night, as Castleton shot 68.8 percent (22-of-32) from the field in the first half and scored 27 points off 22 Hornet turnovers. Now 11-9 overall, the Spartans remain in fourth place in the NAC standings with an 8-5 league mark, one-and-a-half games ahead of fifth place Thomas College.

Tondi Mushandu has picked up his play in conference games this season, averaging 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 13 NAC contests, plus he is shooting 53.6 percent from the field in those games. Mushandu has notched five double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures 10 times so far, all in conference contests.

Green Mountain brings an 7-11 overall record into Saturday's game, improving to 5-8 within the conference after defeating Johnson State Wednesday, 70-56. The Eagles are in seventh place in the NAC standings, a half-game behind sixth place Maine-Farmington and a half-game ahead of eighth place Johnson State.

Sean Leflore leads Green Mountain in scoring at 11.4 points per game, plus he has collected 6.9 rebounds per game. De Shaun Carr is contributing 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while Matt Hess leads the Eagles in rebounding at 8.2 rebounds per game to go along with 8.4 points per contest.

This is believed to be the 66th meeting all-time between Castleton and Green Mountain, with the Spartans holding a slight 34-31 series edge. The Eagles have won the last four meetings, including a sweep of the season series last year. On Jan. 7, 2017, in Castleton, Green Mountain rallied for a 62-56 victory, led by Javier Lugris with 23 points. Chad Copeland led the Spartans with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

In the rematch three weeks later in Poultney, Green Mountain once again prevailed, 80-68, led by Thomas Brown with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Copeland finished with 14 points, six rebounds, and two steals for the Spartans.

After Saturday's game, Castleton returns to Glenbrook Gym for a contest against Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday, Feb. 6, starting at 7:30 p.m.