Second-half surge propels Castleton over Lyndon

Second-half surge propels Castleton over Lyndon

CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton outscored Lyndon 48-33 in the second half to earn a 78-61victory in North Atlantic Conference men's basketball action at Glenbrook Gymnasium.

Castleton held a slim 30-28 lead before turning in a 7-for-12 performance from beyond the arc. The Spartans finished the evening at 40 percent from the field to improve to 6-5 overall and 4-1 in the NAC. The Hornets are now 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the NAC.

Jeremy Odena led the Spartans with 18 points and added five. Logan White and Mark Comstock also reached double figures with 17 and 16 points, respectively. White added five steals and four rebounds while Comstock chipped in with eight rebounds and three steals.

Devyn Baranauskas (Waterbury, Conn.) was one of three Hornets in double figures with 18 points and seven rebounds. Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) added a double-double of 15 points and 12 boards while Jose Fortunato (Boston, Mass.) finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

The Hornets took a quick 4-0 lead, but the Spartans responded to the uprising and grabbed a 7-6 advantage at 16:12. Lyndon reeled off four straight points before a 5-0 run by the Spartans gave them back the lead, 12-10, at 14:23.

The Hornets countered with an 8-0 run to take an 18-12 lead with 11:12 left, but Castleton scored the next seven points to once again go ahead, 19-18, with 9:13 remaining. Neither team's lead was higher than two the rest of the half, and layup by Chad Copeland with 1:25 left gave the Spartans a 30-28 lead going into the break.

Castleton opened the second half on an 11-3 run to grab a 41-31 advantage at 16:40. Lyndon responded with five straight, but a White three-pointer pushed the lead back to eight, 44-36.

The Hornets closed within five again at 11:35; however, a layup and a free throw by Comstock over the next minute extended it to eight, 55-47. Lyndon refused to go away and cut the deficit to six with 8:15 left, though Odena and White hit back-to-back threes to double the lead, 63-51 at the 6:36 mark. The Hornets wouldn't get any closer and Castleton slowly extended its lead in the final minutes to finish with the 17-point victory.

Rob Coloutti chipped in with seven points off the bench while Dammy Mustapha finished with seven rebounds, three assists and two points.