Men split weekend with NAC foes

The men’s basketball team fell short Saturday afternoon in Glenbrook Gym, when Husson guard Jay Uhrin canned a game-winning layup with four seconds remaining giving Husson the 63-60 win over Castleton. It was Senior Day on Saturday and seniors Mike Knight and Patrick Winn were honored for their hard work and dedication to the men’s basketball program prior to the contest.

Head Coach Paul Culpo says he will miss his seniors and was also disappointed that Winn, who’s been sidelined with an ACL injury, didn’t get a chance to play.

“He (Winn) is the best. He was the hardest worker in practice and led by example,” Culpo said. “Mike (Knight) is a gifted player and the team will miss his production.”

Castleton trailed 27-17 with just under five minutes left in the first half, but the Spartans went on a 10-1 run to cut Husson’s lead to 28-27 going into halftime. Castleton led 56-53 with five minutes left in regulation until Husson guard Eric Modica buried a 3-pointer to tie the contest 56-56. But Knight answered back for Castleton with a bucket just under four minutes to go to take back the lead 58-56. This was the last time the Spartans would lead.

After four made free throws, Husson led by two until sophomore Mark Comstock knotted it up 60-60 with a pair of free throws. But Husson would ultimately come out on top after the desperation layup from Uhrin.

The Spartans fell to 13-10 overall and 8-4 in conference play.

Culpo was disappointed with the loss and wasn’t satisfied with his team’s efforts.

“Much like a good portion of our season we didn’t deserve to win,” he said.

Castleton was out rebounded by the eagles 47-27 and Culpo says the problem his team has is that they neglect details and need to do the little things.

“We need to be able to come out of timeouts and execute our strategies,” Culpo said.

With the number one seed locked by Husson, the Spartans, who are tied for second with Thomas and Lyndon State, still have a chance to receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs, if Castleton can beat Lyndon Saturday Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. for its last regular season game.

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