Struggles continue

Will Chmielewski / Castleton Spartan

Pavin Parrish looks to set up the offense against New England College on Jan. 16.

Castleton vs. New England College

The Castleton University men’s basketball team edged New England College 59-57 at home earlier this month. Spartan freshman Edmond Fitzgerald hit two clutch free throws with five seconds left in the game to seal the victory for the Spartans. Fitzgerald came off the bench to record his first career double-double with a game and career high 16 points and 13 rebounds. Pavin Parrish added 15 points and five steals while Rob Coloutti tacked on 13 points and three steals of his own. Dezron Wilson was the lone Pilgrim in double figures with 12 points. Castleton improves to (5-10) overall and (4-4) in NAC competition. New England College falls to (5-9) overall and (2-5) in NAC play.

Castleton @ Huuson

The Spartans then travelled to Husson where they fell to the Eagles 73-61. Husson’s team offense proved to be too much for Castleton despite Rob Coloutti’s 26-point effort and a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds from Tondi Mushandu. Trevon Butler led the the eagles in scoring with 17 points. Going into the half tied at 31, Husson was able to outlast Castleton and pick up the 12 point victory. Husson improves to (11-3) overall and (9-0) in NAC play. Castleton falls to (5-11) overall and (4-5) in NAC competition.

Castleton @ Maine-Maritime

Three straight free throws and one keys steal by Rob Coloutti in the last three minutes lifted the Spartans past the Mariners of Maine-Maritime Academy 56-54. Coloutti helped claim a one-point advantage by sinking both free throws with just under three minutes to play. Both teams exchanged possessions with the score gridlocked 55-54. With eight seconds remaining the Mariners had the ball and a chance to take the lead. On the inbound pass Coloutti stole the ball and was fouled. He sank the first and missed the second giving the Spartans a two point lead. With five seconds left Maine-Maritime was unable to convert sealing the Castleton victory. Coloutti finished with a team high 15 points while Tyler Arsenault put up a career best 10 points. Brendan Newcomb led the Mariners in scoring coming off the bench to score a game high 18 points. The Spartans improve to (6-11) overall and (5-5) in NAC competition. The Mariners fall to (3-13) overall and (2-7) in NAC play.

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