WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Castleton University men's basketball team's road woes continued on Tuesday evening as the Spartans dropped a Little East Conference matchup by a final score of 78-49 at Eastern Connecticut.
The loss drops the Spartans to 3-10 overall and 0-5 against LEC opposition, while Eastern moves to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in LEC play. Eastern Connecticut shot 44.1 percent (30-of-68) from the floor, while Castleton went 18-of-48 (37.5 percent) from the field. The Warriors knocked down an impressive 15 threes in the contest, while Castleton managed just five threes. Eastern dominated the glass, 41-28, while converting 17 Spartan turnovers into 26 points.
Eric Shaw and Casey Belade led the offense for the Spartans with 15 points apiece, as Shaw was 3-of-4 from three and a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Belade went 6-of-13 from the field, while Igor Almeida led Castleton with nine rebounds in the contest.
Eastern's Carlos Gonzalez led all players with 23 points, while Cory Muckle and Seth Thomas reached double digits with 17 and 12 points, respectively. Thomas led the team with seven rebounds, while Muckle had a game-high five assists.
The Warriors opened the day on a 10-0 run before the Spartans got on the board with a triple from Shaw. Eastern then went on a 13-0 run to push the lead to 23-3 before Almeida got Castleton back in the scoring column on a jumper. Castleton narrowed the gap late in the half, heading into the locker room on a 7-0 run.
Coming out of the locker room trailing 42-25, Castleton extended its run to 10-0 when Michael McCoy opened the half with a three. The Warriors continued to extend their lead throughout the half, pushing it to a game-high 34 points with less than nine minutes to play as they hit three consecutive shots from long range to push the score to 70-36. The two sides traded baskets on the way out, as Castleton closed the game on a 13-8 run to give the game its final score of 78-49.
The Spartans return to the hardwood on Thursday at Keene State with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.