CASTLETON, Vt. - Junior Mark Comstock (Rutland, Vt.) scored 14 first-half points, including the 1000th of his career, and finished with 20 overall as the Spartans earned a 104-87 victory over Johnson St. on Tuesday evening at Glenbrook Gym.
It took Comstock almost 11 minutes to become the 20th player in program history to score 1000 points, but once he did is was smooth sailing as the junior finished 7-for-10 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line for 20 points in the contest. He also dished out four assists, recorded two steals and pulled down seven rebounds.
The recipient of a few of Comstock's passes, senior Keith Schneider (Benson, Vt.) added a career-high 17 points to go with three rebounds and three assists. Greg Hughes (West Rutland, Vt.) was the only other Spartan in double figures with 15 on 5-for-7 shooting from downtown.
As a team, Castleton forced 28 turnovers, recorded 15 steals and assisted on 25 of their 38 field goals. The Spartans also pulled down an impressive 20 offensive rebounds, compared to just seven for the Badgers. With the win they improve to 15-8 overall and 14-2 in the North Atlantic Conference. Johnson St., meanwhile, drops to 5-18 on the season and 5-11 in the NAC.
The Spartans came out strong, scoring the game's first 14 points over the first four minutes of the half. Johnson St. finally got on the board at the 15:21 mark. Five minutes later, the Badgers cut the Castleton lead to six at 22-16, with 10:18 left in the half.
Castleton responded with a 9-2 run to push its advantage back to double digits at 31-21. The Spartans then stretched their advantage as high as 21 on a layup by Chad Pulver (Bennington, Vt.) with 4:47 left, though Johnson St. was able to shrink the lead to 57-41 at the half.
The Spartans used a 13-6 run to open the second half and push their lead to 23, 70-47, in just four minutes. Castleton pressed its advantage as high as 30 with 11:48 left, before the Badgers eventually cut it down to the 17-point final tally of 104-87.
Junior Andy Bousono (Philadelphia, Pa.) led four Johnson St. players in double figures with 25 points and seven assists. Scott Moran (Orange, Conn.) added 13 points, four assists and four steals while Bryan Hickey (Barre, Vt.) chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Castleton returns to action on Thursday at 7:30 pm, when the Spartans host New England College. The Badgers return to the court on Friday at 7:30 pm when they travel to Maine to face Husson.