Castleton Beats Maine Maritime in Conference Action



CASTLETON, Vt. — Freshman Mark Comstock (Rutland, VT) led all scorers with 21 points to lead the Castleton State College men’s basketball team past Maine Maritime, 67-57, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play at Glenbrook Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans improve to 9-6 overall (3-1 NAC). The Mariners fall to 5-10 (1-4 NAC).

Comstock went 5-out-of-7 from the field including a near perfect day at the line shooting 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. Derrick Faragon (Schenectady, NY) and Mike Knight (Spring Valley, NY) both chipped in with 12 points apiece. Knight led the Spartans on the boards with nine.

For Maine Maritime, Tyler Pineo (Corinth) led the offense with 20 points shooting 6-out-of-13 from 3-point land. Center Shawn Dostie (Bradley) turned in 10 points with a 5-of-7 performance from the field. Jarred Sternbergh (Jonesboro) led the Mariners’ efforts on the boards bringing down eight total.

Maine Maritime jumped out to an early 14-4 lead capped by a 3-ball from Pineo at 13:31. Castleton charged back scoring nine straight points to take a 15-14 lead at 9:24 with Comstock finding the bottom of the bucket with a layup over a defender.

Ben Russell (Farmington) answered moments later with a 15-foot jump shot regaining the lead at 16-15 at the 9:10 mark. The Mariners did not relinquish that lead for the rest of the half taking a 30-26 lead into the locker room.

The Spartans went on a 13-2 run to open the second half taking a 40-35 lead at 13:03 as Greg Hughes (West Rutland, VT) found Comstock on the fast-break feeding the guard with an alley-oop for the bucket.

Bryant Ciomei (Deer Isle) tied the contest at 44-44 at the 10:44 mark canning a 3-pointer from the right-elbow.

Castleton responded shortly after with an 11-0 run to put the game away. Comstock scored five points during that stretch and Hughes finished the run connecting on a straightaway 3-pointer at 5:45 to give the Spartans a 56-44 lead.

Maine Maritime hosts Colby College on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

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