Men’s hoops seeks identity

The men’s basketball team faced off against one of the best Division III teams in the country, Middlebury College, on Tuesday Nov. 30 in non-conference action. Unfortunately Castleton fell 66-44 to Middlebury who remains perfect at 5-0. The Spartans fell to 2-3. Middlebury started off strong with a 2-0 lead and would not surrender it from there. The Panthers built a 21-point lead by halftime easing their way to a 20-point win.

The Spartans struggled offensively shooting only 17-44 from the field and also on the interior getting out-rebounded 44-18 overall, and 17-3 offensively.

Mark Comstock was the only Spartan in double figures with 11 points and David Cochrane chipped in eight off the bench.

“We didn’t compete very well. We need to get a lot better,” Head Coach Paul Culpo said.

Culpo said one of the downfalls of the team is his players working as individuals rather than as one strong unit.

“I think we try to do our own thing as individuals instead of doing them as a team,” Culpo said.

Castleton has suffered two tough losses in its last two games, but Culpo said since his team is struggling so much offensively he says they need to not focus so much on their next opponent, but rather go back to basics and focus on themselves.

“We spent a lot of time working on our own offensive sets,” Culpo said.

The Spartans will have two more chances to redeem themselves before heading off for Christmas break. They travel to Skidmore on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and host Framingham State on Saturday Dec. 11.

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