PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Castleton University men's basketball team was held to its lowest scoring output of the season on Wednesday night, falling to Rhode Island College by a final score of 74-35.
Castleton falls to 3-13 overall and 0-8 in the Little East with the loss, while the Anchormen improve to 10-7 (3-5 LEC). RIC outshot the Spartans by a wide margin, making shots at a 40.3 percent clip (27-of-67) to Castleton's 25.9 percent (15-of-58) from the field. The Anchormen knocked down 13 threes in the game to Castleton's one, while outrebounding the Spartans 48-37.
Casey Belade had nine points for the Spartans in the loss, while Eric Shaw added eight and Igor Almeida had six. Almeida led the team in rebounding, with eight, while Harrison Williams pulled in six rebounds off the bench.
The Anchormen were led by an 18-point output from Deyshawn Tengbeh, who went 8-for-13 from the floor while adding seven rebounds and five steals. Adham Floyd and Tamar Williams chipped in with 16 points apiece, while Williams, Justin Campbell and Bernard Broaster had six rebounds each.
The Spartans hung tight for the opening minutes of the first half as they trailed by just one point after Belade knocked down a jumper seven minutes into the action. The Anchormen then went on a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 18-8 before Shaw stopped the bleeding with a layup. A 14-0 run later in the half extended the lead to 40-16 before Almeida added a layup late in the half to send the game into the break at 40-18.
Rhode Island College stretched its lead even more to open the half, going on a 7-0 run out of the locker room to make it 47-18. The Anchormen grew the lead throughout the half, hitting the last bucket of the game to cap a 13-4 run and give the game its final score of 74-35.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday at Plymouth State with a 3 p.m. tip-off.