Men's Basketball Notches Third Straight Win, Downs Castleton in Home Opener

Men's Basketball Notches Third Straight Win, Downs Castleton in Home Opener

MILTON, Mass. – The Curry College men's basketball team picked up its third straight win as the Colonels came away with a 79-65 victory over Castleton University on Thursday night at Katz Gymnasium. 

Senior Jared Thorpe-Johnson (Dorchester, Mass.) continued his impressive stretch, notching 26 points to go along with five rebounds, one assist and two steals. The 26 points marks the third straight game Thorpe-Johnson has eclipsed the 20-point mark. Classmate Kieran Carroll (Greenwich, Conn.) tallied a career-high 24 points along with 11 boards for his second double-double on the year. Senior Daymeann Stewart (Milwaukee, Wis.) added 10 points, two rebounds, seven assists, and three steals to lead round out the Curry (3-0 overall) scorers in double figures.

Junior Terrin Roy (Lawrence, N.Y.), freshman Remy Brown (Boca Raton, Fla.), and senior Demauriaye Smith (Oakland, Calif.) each finished in double-digits scoring to lead the Spartans (0-1 overall). Roy shot 8-for-19 from the field to total 21 points and finished with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Brown paced the reserves with 14 points and four rebounds. Smith notched 12 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals.

After Stewart tied the game at four on a lay-up, Castleton went on a 10-0 run capped off by a basket by Roy to make the score 14-4 with 15:36 remaining in the opening half. The Colonels put together a spurt of their own, outscoring the visitors 15-5 to knot the contest at 19. Neither team led by more than three for the remainder of the first half as the teams entered the half deadlocked at 32.

Curry came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, starting the half on a 10-0 run, which was finished off with a jumper by Thorpe-Johnson to increase the score to 42-32. Thorpe-Johnson knocked down threes on three straight possessions to balloon the lead to 51-38 with 15:07 left in regulation. Castleton would get as close to within six on a bucket by Roy with 9:13 left, but the Colonels would close the game outscoring their opponents 22-14 over the final 9:13 for the 79-65 final.  

Curry shot 52.4 percent for the game and committed only 15 turnovers. The Colonels held a 37-35 edge the rebounding category and tallied 22 assists on 33 total baskets.

Castleton shot 39.4 percent from the floor, held a 24-10 advantage in bench points, and tallied 20 points off turnovers.

Curry has a quick turnaround as it hosts Northern Vermont University – Johnson tomorrow, Friday November 15 at 5:30 p.m. for its next contest. Castleton returns to action on Tuesday, November 19 as the host MCLA at 7:00 p.m.

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