Men's Basketball Set to Host Green Mountain and Castleton

Men's Basketball Set to Host Green Mountain and Castleton

WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College men's basketball team will finish off a seven-game home stand this weekend as they play host to Green Mountain and Castleton at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.  The Terriers (3-2, 1-0 NAC) open the weekend with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff with Green Mountain (3-1, 1-0 NAC).  Thomas entertains Castleton (4-1, 1-0 NAC) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

Weekend Schedule

Friday, December 2

Green Mountain (3-1, 1-0 NAC) at Thomas (3-2, 1-0 NAC), 5:30 p.m.

Larry Mahaney Gymnasium, Waterville, Maine 

Saturday, December 3

Castleton (4-1, 1-0 NAC) at Thomas, 1:00 p.m.

Larry Mahaney Gymnasium, Waterville, Maine

 About the Terriers

Thomas averages 75.8 points per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field in their first five contest of the season.  The Terriers have moved the ball well this season as they are ranked second in the North Atlantic Conference with 17.2 assists per game.  Senior guard Ian King ranks tenth in NCAA Division III with 7.2 assists per game.

Thomas' offense is led by senior Tyheem Simon who averages 21.4 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists.  Simon sits second in scoring for the NAC and seventh for his 55.6 percent shooting.  He also has scored over 20 points in four straight contests.

Junior Carlos Gonzalez has had a strong presence in the paint so far for the Terriers this season as he almost averages a double-double per game with 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds that ranks him fourth in the conference.  Gonzalez also sits second in the NAC with his 65.8 percent shooting.

Willie Grant has had a positive start to the season in his second year as a Terrier.  The sophomore forward has contributed with 10.4 points per game along with 4.6 rebounds.

About the Eagles

The Eagles entered the 2016-17 season with a NAC preseason ranking of fifth, after finishing first in the NAC regular season the previous year.  Green Mountain averages 70.3 points per game and has shot 39.0 percent for the floor in their first four games. 

The Eagles opened up their North Atlantic Conference schedule on Wednesday with an 80-71 win over Colby Sawyer.  Two of their players sit in the top-five of the NAC in points per game with Thomas Brown and Patrick Rittmon.

Brown sits in fourth for the conference with his 20.0 points per game while also averaging 4.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists.  The senior's biggest game of the season was a 36-point performance in a 73-70 victory over Johnson & Wales (RI).

Rittmon, another senior for the Eagles, sits fourth in the NAC right behind Brown averaging 18 points, five rebounds, and 2.5 assists.

Last Meeting: February 6, 2016 – Green Mountain 98, @ Thomas 74

Simon netted an impressive 24 points in 27 minutes of play on 9-of-17 shooting and hauled down six rebounds.  The Terriers were without Gonzalez and were dominated in rebounds by the Eagles 57-39.

The Eagles were led by Brown's 23 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.  Cameron Anderson, who the Eagles lost to graduation, dropped 21 points and brought down 13 rebounds.

The Eagles starting five contributed to 92 of the teams 98 points throughout the Contest.

About the Spartans

The Spartans were picked to finish third in the North Atlantic Conference prior to the 2016-17 season in the preseason coaches' poll.  After winning their last four games and their first conference game of the season, Castleton averages 71.0 points per game and shoots a NAC-leading 49.4 percent from the floor.

NAC Player of the Week Chad Copeland leads the Spartans in scoring with 17.6 points per game.  The senior forward also averages 6.4 rebounds.

Jordan Nelson and Tondi Mushandu each scored over 20 points in the Spartans 90-77 victory over New England College. Edmund Fitzgerald added a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds in the win.

Last Meeting: February 23, 2016 -- Thomas 83, Castleton 65 – NAC Quarterfinal

The Terriers used a 47-29 first half lead to propel themselves into the NAC Semifinals with an 83-65 victory.

Seniors Levi Barnes and Adam Carlsen, whom the Terriers lost to graduation, combined for 40 points.  Gonzalez netted just five points (2-for-3 shooting) and pulled in ten rebounds in the win.

Mushandu added 11 points and five rebounds while Fitzgerald netted 12 points and had four rebounds.  Copeland was sidelined with a season-ending injury just nine games into the season.