CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's basketball team welcomes Green Mountain College to Glenbrook Gym for the final game of the 2017-18 regular season Saturday, Feb. 17, starting at 3 p.m.
Before the game, five players will be recognized before participating in the final home game of their collegiate careers: Tyler Arsenault, Luke Czaplewski, Tondi Mushandu, Jordan Nelson, and Pavin Parrish. Over the past four seasons, this class has helped the Spartans qualify for the NAC Tournament every year, including appearances in the semifinals in two of the past three seasons.
The Spartans are looking to snap a three-game losing streak, including losses at Thomas (79-67) and at Maine-Farmington (94-89) last weekend. Castleton lost last Saturday's game at UMF despite Julian Santos hitting six three-pointers on his way to a career-high 24 points, one of five Spartan players to reach double figures in scoring. Castleton shot a season-best 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the field in accumulating 89 points, its highest single-game point total since a 92-85 victory over New England College Dec. 2.
Green Mountain is on a five-game losing streak at 7-16 overall after losing on the road to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences this past Wednesday, 70-66. The Eagles enter Saturday's game with a 5-12 conference mark, currently sitting in seventh place in the league standings.
As a team, Green Mountain is scoring 64.7 points and allowing 71.9 points per game, plus it is shooting 38.7 percent from the field, including 27.6 percent from behind the three-point line, and 63.7 percent from the free throw line. After missing the previous two games, Sean Leflore came off the bench for the Eagles Wednesday and scored 14 points as he is now averaging 10.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. Matt Hess leads the team in rebounding at 8.4 boards per game to go along with 7.5 points per contest.
Two weeks ago in Poultney, Vt., Castleton defeated Green Mountain, 60-47, behind 18 points from Santos, eight points from Richard Walker, and seven points and nine rebounds from Mushandu. Alex Sanchez led the Eagles with 19 points, while Leflore finished with seven points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Castleton will participate in the North Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament next week, with the official seedings and schedule of games to be announced after all league contests are completed Saturday.