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Sweet 16 Sour For Spartans, Cardinals

Friday, March 14th

Medford, Mass. - The Spartans have been going full-throttle since they entered the NCAA Tournament over a week ago, but Castleton's dream ride finally ran out of gas on Friday night in Medford where the Spartans fell to Tufts, 55-35. 

Liz Douglass finished with 11 points and eight rebounds to lead the Spartans while Michela North, Ali Rocchi, and Hayley Kanner all finished in double-digits for the Jumbos. North led all scorers with 14 points and seven rebounds, propelling Tufts to the win.

The Spartans found themselves in another difficult spot at halftime, trailing 32-15 to the Jumbos. Castleton had battled from similar spots in previous playoff rounds, but couldn't erase the deficit this time around, falling to the Jumbos in the Sweet 16.

Amherst, Mass. - For the second consecutive season the Plattsburgh State men's basketball team saw its campaign come to a screeching halt against Amherst College as the No. 7-ranked Lord Jeffs bested the Cardinals 87-63 in the sectional semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament at LeFrak Gymnasium on Friday night.
 
In his collegiate curtain call, senior John Perez amassed a team-high 16 points to lead a quartet of Plattsburgh State players who racked up double digits in the scoring column, but as a whole the Cardinals simply had no answer to the scorching shooting of Amherst.
 
The Lord Jeffs (26-3) , who shot 55.4-percent (31-of-56) from the field, were led by Tom Killian's game-high 22 points. Aaron Toomey added a double-double of 15 points and a game-high 12 assists while David George finished one blocked shot shy of a triple double, registering 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine rejections.
 
Although the Cardinals saw their season come to an end, Plattsburgh State (24-6) has very little to hang its head about. Making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament under the leadership of head coach Tom Curle, Plattsburgh State advanced to the sectional semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in program history.

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