Spartans Host Chargers in Key Conference Battle Tuesday

Spartans Host Chargers in Key Conference Battle Tuesday

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's basketball team welcomes Colby-Sawyer College to Glenbrook Gym Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. for a key North Atlantic Conference contest.

Castleton has continued its strong play since the start of the new calendar year, improving to 8-2 in 2018 with a victory at Green Mountain Saturday, 60-47. The Spartans are now 12-9 overall and 9-5 within the conference, currently in fourth place in the league standings. Colby-Sawyer is in third place in the NAC, one game ahead of Castleton at 10-4 as part of a 13-7 overall mark.

The Spartans have continued to take advantage of their defensive pressure, forcing 18.9 turnovers per game, currently 23rd in Division III. In the team's eight victories since Jan. 6, it has allowed just 55.6 points per game, holding opponents under 50 points in three of the last five contests.

In the NAC statistical rankings, Tondi Mushandu is 10th in the league in rebounding for all games at 7.1 rebounds per game, but he is tied for sixth in rebounding during conference games with 8.3 boards per game. Jordan Nelson is second in the league in assists with 4.0 assists per game, while Pavin Parrish is sixth in the NAC in steals with 1.9 thefts per game.

Colby-Sawyer went 1-1 over the weekend at home, defeating Maine Maritime, 76-64, before losing to conference leader Husson, 80-63. As a team, the Chargers are scoring 75.0 points and allowing 69.4 points per game, plus they are shooting 41.2 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from behind the three-point line, and 67.9 percent from the free throw line.

Dana Bean has been the team's top player, shooting 50.9 percent from the field as he has posted 15.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Patrick Coffey is averaging 14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game, and Jourdain Bell is contributing 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per contest.

In the teams' first meeting of the season Dec. 5 at Coffin Field House, Bell hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation to complete Colby-Sawyer's comeback victory, 71-69. Mushandu led Castleton with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field along with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Taylor Grande led the Chargers with 19 points, Coffey scored 15 points, and Bean contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.

After Tuesday's game, Castleton makes its final road trip of the regular season, traveling to Maine to face Thomas Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Maine-Farmington Saturday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m.