WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College men's basketball team completed a weekend sweep after a 70-69 victory over Castleton in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) matchup on Saturday afternoon at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
The Terriers remain unbeaten in conference play, improving to 5-2 (3-0 NAC) on the season while the Spartans fall to 5-2 (2-1 NAC).
The Spartans looked to be in control in the first eight minutes as they jumped out to a 14-4 lead. Three-pointers from Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine / Waterville), Tailour Hall (Jacksonville, Florida / Edward White), and two from Matt Allen (Barre, Vermont / Spaulding) gave the Terriers a 20-19 advantage with 6:28 remaining in the first half.
Castleton went on a 16-11 run in the next five minutes before Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence) knocked down a three with four seconds left to bring the score to 35-34 in favor of the Spartans at the break. Thomas hit eight three-pointers in the first half.
The Terriers led for most of the second until a Jordan Nelson layup notched the game up 63-63 with 2:15 remaining. A free-throw from Chad Copeland gave the Spartans a one-point lead with 1:30 left. Simon responded with a big three to regain the lead for Thomas.
Following a Castleton turnover, the Spartans were forced to foul Simon who made the ensuing free throws to make it a two possession game. Nelson brought the game within two on an easy layup with nine seconds left. On the inbounds play, Simon finished on a breakaway layup to increase the lead to four. Edmund Fitzgerald hit a three with two seconds left to finish the scoring at 70-69.
Simon led the Terriers on offense with 29 points, including 21 in the second half on 10-for-16 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds. Derosby finished with 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists while Ian King (Westbrook, Maine / Westbrook) chipped in with three points and ten assists.
Castleton was led by Tondi Mushandu's double double on 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nelson contributed with 15 points and six steals.
The Terriers will travel to Plymouth State for their first road game of the season on Thursday, December 8 in a 7:00 p.m. non-conference matchup.