Hartford, CT. – The visiting Middlebury College Panthers opened up a 19-point lead in the second half and held on for a 53-45 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s basketball action Friday evening on Ogrodnik Court in Oosting Gymnasium. Joey Kizel had game-highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds to go with four assists, while Hunter Merryman added 12 points and five boards. The Panthers improve to 16-7 overall and 6-3 in the league with a game left on Sunday at Amherst.
Waterville, ME. – Thomas forced overtime with a buzzer-beating three, but the Castleton Spartans held on to their lead in the extra session despite another late Terrier barrage from downtown, taking a 130-129 victory on Friday evening in North Atlantic Conference action. Castleton opened up a 129-123 lead with just 18 seconds left in regulation on a layup from Steve Rosemond, however, Garen Manzo drilled a contested three from the corner to close the lead to three with seconds remaining. Troy Davine was fouled with four seconds left and made one of two to give the Spartans a 130-126 advantage. Stanley Green Jr. followed with a three at the buzzer as the Spartans walked away with the one-point win. The victory was the fifth straight for Castleton as they improved to 16-7 overall and 14-2 in conference play. Rosemond poured in a career-high 32 points to lead six players in double figures. He also added 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Chad Copeland had 18 points and nine rebounds while Rob Coloutti hit a career-high six threes and had 19 points. Carnelius Green added 17 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks. The Spartans look to win their sixth straight when they face Maine Farmington at 3 pm on Saturday.
Waterville, Maine – The Castleton Spartans came out firing with 44 first-half points and locked down on defense as the team finished with a dominant 83-42 victory over Thomas on Friday evening in North Atlantic Conference action. The Spartans set a season high with 83 points as they improved to 20-3 overall and 15-1 in conference play. This marks the third straight season that Castleton has won at least 20 games. Castleton shot 52.2 percent from the floor, led by the duo of junior Jade Desroches and Meghan O’Sullivan. Desroches scored a career-high 21 points while also adding seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. O’Sullivan, meanwhile, was 8-for-10 from the floor for 16 points. Heather Murdough grabbed a team-high ten rebounds and chipped in with nine points.
HARTFORD, CT. – Trinity utilized a 10-0 second-half run and turned a close contest into a 65-50 victory over Middlebury at Oosting Gymnasium Friday evening. Sarah Marcus led Middlebury with 10 points, while Rachel Crews and Laura Lowry both added nine.The visiting Panthers (7-16, 1-8) conclude their season Sunday with a 12:00 p.m. game at Amherst.
George Commo’s Blog – Friday 2/14/14
Two huge college hockey games tonight …
At Gutterson Fieldhouse the UVM Catamount men play host to #1 BC in the first game of a two game weekend series … BC has not lost since November, just won the Beanpot, and feature the best line in the country, which includes Johnny Gaudreau, the son of former North Country and Norwich star Guy Gaudreau. The Catamounts are having their best season in recent memory and are comiung home off a long road trip off a weekend sweep last week at UNH.
Meanwhile in Northfield it is win or else for the Norwich Cadets. Norwich has won 15 straight ECAC East regular season championships, but they trail Babson by three points heading into the final weekend of the D-3 regular season. Well Babson comes to Kreitzberg Arena tonight, and the Cadets can keep their hopes of preserving the streak alive with a win. They beat Babson 1-0 in their first meeting back in January at Fenway Park.
I’m not sure if I can make The Really Big Sports Show today as I’m one on those non-essential workers the governor is talking about.