SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – After dropping its opening-round contest at the Sig Makofski Invitational on Saturday afternoon, the Castleton University men's basketball team bounced back with an 89-73 victory over former North Atlantic Conference foe Northern Vermont University-Lyndon.
Tank Roberson made the All-Tournament Team for the Spartans, who improve to 3-2 on the season. Roberson came within one assist of a double-double on the afternoon, scoring 12 points and adding nine assists in the victory. It was his second consecutive game with nine helpers, as the senior guard is averaging 7.4 assists per game. Richard Walker finished the day with his second career double-double, dropping a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four blocks. Cameron Edwards (16), Ben Mrowka (13) and Eric Shaw (10) each finished with double-digit point totals for Castleton in the victory.
Castleton shot 46.4 percent (32-for-69) from the field as a team, while going 8-for-23 from three-point range and 17-for-23 at the free-throw line. The Spartans out-rebounded Lyndon 51-44 while narrowly winning the turnover battle, 13-11. Castleton cashed in on 46 points in the paint, while the Hornets managed just 28 points inside, while the Spartans also totaled 19 points off Lyndon turnovers.
Kevin Love led NVU-Lyndon in scoring with 18 points, while Corey Frost and Dylan Torello reached double-digits with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Ricky Shuford had nine boards in the contest to lead his team, while Kyle Cary chipped in with seven rebounds off the bench.
The two sides traded blows out of the gates, with the score sitting at 9-8 in favor of the Spartans just shy of four minutes into the contest. A layup by Denis LeCours and back-to-back jumpers gave Castleton a 15-8 edge less than a minute later before Shaw polished off an 8-0 run with a pair of free throws. The lead extended to 13 points with 9:26 to play when Edwards buried a three for the Spartans to make it 31-18. The Spartans closed the half on a 6-0 run to push the lead to 47-37 going into the locker room, never looking back from there.
Walker added 17 of his 19 points and nine of his 10 rebounds in the second stanza, going 5-of-7 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 at the free-throw line over the game's final 20 minutes. Roberson and Shaw also chipped in eight second-half points apiece as Castleton outscored NVU-Lyndon 42-36 to close out the game.
The Spartans return to the court on Wednesday evening for their first Little East Conference matchup against Plymouth State. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Castleton's Glenbrook Gymnasium.