Castleton, Vt. – The Thomas College men's basketball team dropped a 92-76 loss to Castleton State on Friday evening in their second North Atlantic Conference match-up of the season with the Spartans.
The contest featured 16 lead changes and eight ties, but in the end the Spartans were just too much on the boards and put too much pressure on Thomas. With the win, the Spartans improve to 11-7 on the season and 10-1 in the NAC. Thomas meanwhile, drops to 9-7 overall and 6-5 in the NAC.
Junior Jarrad DeVaughn and sophomore Martin Cleveland scored 16 points apiece to lead the Terriers' offense. DeVaughn added nine rebounds while Cleveland had eight boards and three steals. Franklin Salvador and Eric Westbrooks were also in double figures with 13 and ten points respectively.
Castleton used some strong shooting early to jump out to a 15-10 lead in the game's first five minutes. However, Thomas responded with ten unanswered points over a two-minute span to take the five point lead. The Terriers continued to keep the Spartans at bay and saw their lead go as high as seven, at 34-27, with 5:50 remaining in the first half. Castleton finally took back the lead on the heels of a 13-5 run with just under three minutes remaining, but the teams went back and forth with Thomas grabbing a 51-50 advantage at the break.
The two teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of the second with Castleton eventually jumping ahead 62-60. A pair of free throws tied it up at 62, but a 7-0 run put the Spartans ahead for good, 69-62, with 13:28 remaining. Thomas closed the gap within three, two minutes later, but Castleton hit enough shots and played solid defense to finish with the 16-point victory.
The Terriers head to Green Mountain tomorrow afternoon for a 3 p.m. match-up with the Eagles.