|Castleton University||Thomas College|
WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College men’s basketball team completed a weekend sweep after a 70-69 victory over Castleton in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) matchup on Saturday afternoon at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
The Terriers remain unbeaten in conference play, improving to 5-2 (3-0 NAC) on the season while the Spartans fall to 5-2 (2-1 NAC).
The Spartans looked to be in control in the first eight minutes as they jumped out to a 14-4 lead. Three-pointers from Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine / Waterville), Tailor Hall (Jacksonville, Florida / Edward White), and two from Matt Allen (Barre, Vermont / Spaulding) gave the Terriers a 20-19 advantage with 6:28 remaining in the first half.
Castleton went on a 16-11 run in the next five minutes before Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence) knocked down a three with four seconds left to bring the score to 35-34 in favor of the Spartans at the break. Thomas hit eight three-pointers in the first half.
The Terriers led for most of the second until a Jordan Nelson layup notched the game up 63-63 with 2:15 remaining. A free-throw from Chad Copeland gave the Spartans a one-point lead with 1:30 left. Simon responded with a big three to regain the lead for Thomas.
Following a Castleton turnover, the Spartans were forced to foul Simon who made the ensuing free throws to make it a two possession game. Nelson brought the game within two on an easy layup with nine seconds left. On the inbounds play, Simon finished on a breakaway layup to increase the lead to four. Edmund Fitzgerald hit a three with two seconds left to finish the scoring at 70-69.
Simon led the Terriers on offense with 29 points, including 21 in the second half on 10-for-16 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds. Derosby finished with 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists while Ian King (Westbrook, Maine / Westbrook) chipped in with three points and ten assists.
Castleton was led by Tondi Mushandu’s double double on 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nelson contributed with 15 points and six steals.