Game Notes: Men's Basketball Travels to Vermont to Take on Castleton and Green Mountain

Game Notes: Men's Basketball Travels to Vermont to Take on Castleton and Green Mountain

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Maine Maritime Academy: Roster | Schedule

Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-6, NAC 0-2) at Castleton University (3-5, NAC 1-2), 7:30 p.m., Glenbrook Gymnasium, Castleton, Vermont. Live Video | Live Stats

Castleton University: Roster | Schedule | About | Directions

Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy at Green Mountain College (3-4, NAC 1-2), 3:00 p.m., Eagle Dome, Poultney, Vermont. Live Video | Live Stats

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Series Histories: The Spartans hold a 25-4 all-time record over the Mariners. When hosting the Mariners, the Spartans are 13-1.

The Eagles hold a 13-6 all-time advantage over the Mariners, including a 7-3 advantage when hosting in Vermont.

Last Meetings:  

February 10, 2017: Castleton University 74 – Maine Maritime Academy 69 OT

The first half proved to be a closely contested 20 minutes between the two teams, as they exchanged the lead six times. Castleton's Ben Mrowka opened up the game with a three, but the Mariners scored seven-unanswered points to take a 7-3 lead at 17:08. 

Maine Maritime built their biggest lead of the half at 11:38 following a layup from Tyler Gilson, but the Spartans chipped away at the deficit and took a 19-18 advantage at 7:11.

The Mariners responded with a three from Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) to retake a 21-19 lead, but Castleton scored four-straight to take a 25-24 lead at 4:26. Another three from DePatsy put the Mariners up 27-25 with 3:12 to go in the half, but the Spartans outscored Maine Maritime 8-3 to close out the period and took a 33-30 lead into the intermission.

DePatsy led the Mariners in the first half with 13 points, while Chad Copeland led Castleton with 14 points.

The two teams exchange the lead numerous times in the second half, until the Spartans used an eight-point run to take a 53-47 lead into the final six minutes of regulation. The Mariners answered by scoring four-straight, capped off by a three from DePatsy, to cut the deficit to four with four minutes to go, but Copeland made a layup at 1:47 to make it a six-point game.

Following a free throw from Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine), DePatsy and Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) both drained threes to give the Mariners a 61-60 lead, but Copeland made a basketball and hit two from the line to give the Spartans a 64-61 lead with five seconds to go. Newcomb hit a long three as time expired to send the game into overtime. 

Newcomb and Castleton's Pavin Parrish exchanged threes to open up overtime, and after over two minutes of scoreless play the Spartans used a basket from Tondi Mushandu to take a two-point lead at 1:56. Thayer hit one from the line to cut the gap to one, but Copeland made another layup to make it a three-point game. The Spartans made three-of-four from the line in the final minute to hang on for the victory.

DePatsy led the Mariners with 22 points, including six three-pointers, two steals and a rebounds, Thayer added 12 points, a game-high seven assists, three rebounds, and a steal, and Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine) contributed 11 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

Copeland finished the evening with a game-high 30 points, five rebounds, three assists, and a block and Edmund Fitzgerald added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double, while also tallying four blocks and two assists.

February 11, 2017: Maine Maritime Academy 93 - Green Mountain College 78

Tyler Thayer tallied a career-high 31 points, on 10-of-10 shooting. To go with his 31 points, Thayer added six assists, five rebounds, and a steal. 

The Eagles took a two-point lead following a layup from Javier Lugris to open up the game, but the Mariners used back-to-back baskets from Nick Judge and Thayer to take a four-point lead at 17:22.

Pierce Weatherspoon tied the game at 16:47 but the Mariners began to pull away, leading by as a much as 21 in the first half following two free throws by Nicholas DePatsy at 4:24. The Eagles closed the deficit to 15 with 36 seconds to go, but the Mariners scored five-unanswered points to take a 47-27 lead into halftime.

Brendan Newcomb splashed a three to open up the second half, but the Eagles scored 10-unanswered points to cut the Mariners' lead to 50-37 at 17:15 and closed the gap to eight points at 12:42. The Mariners continued to battle and outscored Green Mountain 15-5 over the next five minutes to build an 18-point lead (73-55) with 7:54 to go. Maine Maritime took their biggest lead of the game at (84-60) 4:48 and never looked back, cruising to the 93-78 victory.

Newcomb added 19 points, six assists, and two rebounds and Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) chipped in with 18 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Patrick Rittmon led Green Mountain with 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal, Thomas Brown added 21 points and an assist off the bench and Lugris finished the afternoon with 10 points, six rebounds, and a block.

The Mariners outshot the Eagles, 50.9 percent to 40.4 percent and won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Green Mountain 37 to 35.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to Husson University 90-57 last Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action. 

The Eagles took a 39-20 advantage into halftime and held on for the victory.

Adam Richardson led the Mariners with 15 points, eight rebounds and a steal, while Andrew Liebert (Plano, Texas) tallied a career-high eight points and also added three rebounds, and a steal and Nick Judge (Cushing, Maine) and Riley Jorgenson (Vienna, Va.) each contributed seven points.

Raheem Anderson led the Eagles with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Kyanti Blyden added 13 points, four rebounds and an assist and Bruce St. Peter and Justin Martin added 10 points each.

Castleton University's Last Game:  Castleton University fell to Colby-Sawyer College 71-69, Tuesday night in North Atlantic Conference action.

Castleton scored the first five points of the second half and then traded baskets with Colby-Sawyer to maintain its lead, going ahead 55-48 on a layup by Jordan Nelson. The Chargers put together an 8-1 scoring run to tie the game at 56-56, but Pavin Parrish hit three free throws to reestablish Castleton's lead at 59-56.

Ben Mrowka hit two free throws to give the Spartans a 67-62 advantage with less than four minutes remaining in regulation, but then the Chargers rallied back, as Taylor Grande hit a three-pointer and Patrick Coffey hit a layup to tie the game at 67-67. Parrish and Coffey exchanged layups to create another tie at 69-69 with one minute to play in the second half. 

Both teams had a chance to gain the lead, but missed their scoring chances. Castleton had the opportunity to take the final shot of regulation, but it was off-target, and Jourdain Bell grabbed the rebound while being fouled with 1.1 seconds left on the clock. Bell converted both free throws, and the Spartans' final in-bounds pass was deflected, running the clock out. 

Tondi Mushandu led Castleton with 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field, including a rare three-pointer, just the seventh of his career, plus he collected seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. After five games with exactly 12 points, Parrish finally broke through with a new season-high of 13 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists, Nathaniel Kingsley contributed 12 points, and Nelson added seven points, five rebounds, eight assists, and three steals.

The first half was a series of runs, starting when Castleton put together a 13-2 scoring run thanks in part to three three-pointers to pull ahead, 18-10. Colby-Sawyer responded with an 18-2 scoring outburst over a six-minute span, punctuated by five straight points from Grande, to retake the lead at 28-20 with six minutes left in the first half.

Down 34-22 two minutes later, the Spartans started their own rally, outscoring the Chargers 15-2 over the final four minutes of the half. Mushandu hit his three-pointer in the final seconds of the half to give Castleton a 37-36 advantage at halftime.

Colby-Sawyer (4-2, 2-0 NAC) was led by Grande with 19 points, Coffey with 15 points, and Dana Bean with 10 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Chargers shot 43.1 percent (25-for-58) from the field, including 6-for-22 from behind the three-point line, and 78.9 percent (15-for-19) from the free throw line.

The Spartans shot 39.4 percent (26-for-66) from the field, including 7-for-36 from behind the three-point line, and 76.9 percent (10-for-13) from the free throw line. The rebounding battle ended with the Chargers earning one more board (39-38), but the Spartans did score 23 points off 17 Colby-Sawyer turnovers.

Green Mountain College's Last Game: The Green Mountain College men's basketball fell to New England College 90-76, on Tuesday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play.

Leading the way for NEC was Ricky Leonard, who scored 20 points and tallied two assists and two steals. Izaiah Winston-Brooks added 19 points, followed by Will Melanson with 15 points in just 12 minutes off the bench on 4-for-9 shooting from three-point range. Jason Jones checked in with a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Junior forward Matt Hess had a game for the Eagles, scoring a career-high 26 points on 11-for-12 shooting from the floor along with four free-throws in addition to his nine rebounds. Junior guard De Shaun Carr added 16 points and seven boards off the bench for the Eagles, while Sean Leflore paced the defense with 11 rebounds in addition to his nine points.

The Pilgrims led a close game early and allowed Green Mountain a one-point lead at the 13:40 mark, but NEC quickly took control back by going on a 12-0 run to lead by double figures just four minutes later. GMC cut the deficit to four at the 3:06 mark following a three-point make from Christian Przybyla, but the Pilgrims Leonard converted an and one with time winding down to send the hosts into halftime with a 44-36 lead.

NEC opened the second half with a 14-0 run to set the tone of the half. The Eagles were unable to dig themselves out of the deficit, only coming as close at 12 points throughout the rest of the contest.

Turnovers were the deciding factor in the game, as NEC scored 25 points off of Green Mountain's 24 turnovers in the contest. In comparison, the Pilgrims committed just nine turnovers, handing the Eagles seven points. Green Mountain also struggled shooting the ball from distance hitting on just 1-of-12 attempts although they bested the Pilgrims in field goal efficiency (45.9%-40.8%). The teams battled closely on the boards with the Eagles holding a slim 42-41 edge on the glass.

The Mariners: Adam Richardson leads the Mariners with 15.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Riley Jorgenson averages 11.8 points per game while Thayer averages 11.5 points per game. Brendan Newcomb leads the team with 1.2 steals per game.

As a team the Mariners are averaging 68.7 points, 34.8 rebounds and 18.8 assists per game. The team is shooting 40.2 percent from the floor, 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. 

The Spartans: Ben Mrowka leads the Spartans with 13.6 points per game, while Pavin Parrish averages 11.3 points per game while leading the game with 2.1 steals per game and Jordan Nelson averages 10 points per game while leading the team with 4.4 assists per game. Tondi Mushandu leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game, 

As a team the Spartans are averaging 86.3 points, 38.4 rebounds and 17.4 assists per game. The team is shooting 42.3 percent from the floor, 30.8 percent from 3-point land and 69.1 percent from the line.

The Eagles: Matt Hess leads Green Mountain with 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Duane Goodman, Jr. averages 10.6 points per game and Sean Leflore leads the team with 2.0 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game.

As a team the Eagles are averaging 66.9 points, 43.3 rebounds, and 10.7 assists per game. The team is shooting 39.0 percent from the floor, 25.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the line.