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Middlebury, Castleton split hoops doubleheader

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Men's Recap

Middlebury placed five players in double figures and shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half, on its way to a 90-80 win over Castleton State (1-3) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers wrap up their semester on Saturday with a 4:00 p.m. game at Skidmore.

Castleton came out strong with red-hot shooting early on. The Spartans connected on six of their first nine three-point attempts to take a 29-22 lead on a trey from Steve Rosemond with 9:48 left in the first half.

The Panthers answered with a 7-0 run, behind a bucket from Jake Brown to come within one at 30-29 with 7:21 remaining. The game went back and forth before a three from Middlebury's Joey Kizel gave the Panthers their first lead of the game, 37-36 with 3:03 remaining. Despite a late  put-back by Jack Roberts, Castleton went into the locker room with a 42-41 lead.

The Spartans shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the first half, knocking down 7-12 (.583) from long range. The Panthers controlled the boards with a 22-12 advantage, including 15 second chance points.

Middlebury led by one early in the second half before back-to-back threes from Rob Coloutii and Rosemond but Castleton on top, 54-49. The Spartans later led by six when the Panthers went on a 9-0 run to take a 60-57 lead on a hoop from Nate Bulluck with 12:29 remaining.

The Panthers held a slim lead for the next 10 minutes when Logan White knocked down a three to tie the game at 78-78 with 3:04 remaining. Castleton scored only two more points in the game, going 0-2 from the floor (both threes), committing two turnovers and hitting 2-4 from the line. Conversely, Middlebury scored on its first five possessions following the tie.

James Jensen led Middlebury's offense, scoring a career-high 22 points, 12 of them coming from the line (12-15). Kizel added 19 points and four assists, while Hunter Merryman had 14 points, seven rebounds and four helpers. Roberts blocked a career-best nine shots in the game, to go along with 12 points and seven rebounds on 6-7 shooting from the floor. Bulluck added a career-high 10 points in the win.

Courtesy: Middlebury Athletics

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Women's Recap

Junior Jade Desroches went coast-to-coast for a go-ahead layup with just seconds remaining as Castleton held off a tough Middlebury squad for a dramatic 53-51 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday evening.

Tied at 51 apiece, Middlebury called a timeout with just 20 seconds left to set up a potential game-winning basket. Six seconds later Laura Lowry attempted a shot in the corner, but Desroches managed to block the shot and grab the rebound. She raced up the court for the layup and the 53-51 lead with only four seconds remaining. A last-second attempt by Lowry was off the mark as the Spartans came away with the two-point victory.

Desroches finished the game with 11 points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks as Castleton improved to 4-1 on the year. The Spartans shot 37.3 percent from the field and held the Panthers to 36.7 percent from the floor, including 23.5 percent from downtown. Middlebury fell to 2-3 with the loss and dropped their second straight to Castleton by two points.

Liz Douglass led the Spartan offense with 13 points and added six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Alyssa Leonard was also in double figures with 10 points and nine rebounds. Heather Murdough added a team-high 11 rebounds and two blocks.

Rachel Crews came off the bench for Middlebury to supply 12 points while Elizabeth Knox finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Laura Lowry was the only Panther starter in double figures with ten points and four assists.

The Spartans jumped out to an 9-4 lead in the first four minutes and Leonard extended the score to 11-4 on a layup at 15:44. The teams traded points until a Shelby LaBarge jumper and a pair Stephanie Bull free throws extended the lead to 19-10 with 11:17 left. A Lindsay Sabo three less than a minute later made it 22-12. Middlebury was unable to get closer than five, until a pair of jump shots in the final minute of the half closed it to three as Castleton went into the break with a 33-30 lead.

Over the first six minutes of the second half, the Spartans went on an 8-0 run to push their lead to 41-30. However, the Panthers came back with an 11-2 run to draw within two on a layup by Knox at 9:17. Four straight points by Meghan O'Sullivan pushed the Castleton advantage back to six, 47-41. However, the Spartans were held scoreless for the next four minutes as Middlebury scored seven consecutive points to grab a 48-47 lead with five minutes left.

O'Sullivan ended the scoring drought at 3:36 to give Castleton a 49-48 lead. No one scored again until Sarah Marcus made one of two free throws with 1:42 left to tie the score 49-49. Leonard broke the draw with a jump shot at 1:25, but Katie Pett tied it up again on a layup with just 1:03 remaining. Both teams had chances to score before Desroches' late-game heroics.

Courtesy: Castleton Athletics

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