Husson Downs Castleton for Men's Basketball Title

Husson Univeristy downed Castleton State College 74-68 in the 2013 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Basketball Tournament Final Saturday afternoon at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Castleton shot 51 percent from the floor but couldn't lock down a Husson team which made 52.9 percent of its shots, including an impressive 7-for-12 from downtown. The Spartans finish their season with a 16-12 record, the team's fourth straight season with a winning record. Husson improved to 20-8 with the victory and earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

This is the third NAC title for the Eagles in the past five seasons, Castleton was the defending conference champion.

Aaron Willis (New York, N.Y.) led the Eagles with 16 points off the bench, going 6-8 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from beyond the three-point arc. Brooks Spaulding (Fairfield, Maine) and Eric Modica (Kittery, Maine) both had 12 points. Spaulding grabbed seven rebounds, with two assists, and two steals. Phil Leighton (Naples, Maine) and Corey Wood (Laurel, Md.) each chipped in with 10 points to round out the Eagles in double figures. 

Marc Zaharchuk scored his 1,000th career-point, finishing the day with eight and earning MVP honors for the tournaent.

Senior Mark Comstock finished his illustrious Castleton career with 25 points, going 9-for-12 from the field, and added four rebounds and two assists. Comstock was named to the All-Tournament team after surpassing 20 points in each of the last three games. He finished his Spartan career with 1,642 points, good for fourth all-time in program history.

Logan White was the only other Castleton player in double figures, with 12 points. He was also named to the all-tournament team. Jeremy Odena scored nine points and had three rebounds off the bench.

The Spartans fell behind early but came back to draw even at 15 apiece with 12:49 left. However, a 7-0 run put Husson in front 22-15 less than two minutes later. Castleton kept it close, drawing even multiple times but the Spartans couldn't grab a lead and went into the half down 36-34.

In the second, Castleton pulled within one, 41-40 at the 16:14 mark. Unfortunately the team wouldn't get any closer. The Spartans never fell behind by more than ten, and White hit a triple with 2:32 left to cut the Husson lead to 71-66. Castleton made consecutive stops and had a pair of chances to make it a one possession game but couldn't covert. The Eagles then went 3-for-4 from the line in the final 23 seconds to clinch the win.

With this win the Eagles improve to 20-8 on the season, and will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA DIII Tournament.

Husson University All-Tournament Team

Wol Majong (Colby-Sawyer)
Garrett Clemmer (UMF)
Logan White (Castleton)
Mark Comstock (Castleton)
Eric Modica (Husson)
MVP -Mark Zaharchuk (Husson)

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 19 at Higher Seed

 

(8) New England Col.

66

(1)    Maine-Farmington

85 - RECAP

(7) Johnson St.

69

(2)    Husson

81 - RECAP

(6) Thomas

57

(3)    Colby-Sawyer

80 - RECAP

(5) Lyndon

81

(4)    Castleton

91 - RECAP

Semifinals – Friday, February 22 at University of Maine at Farmington

Castleton

70

Maine-Farmington

46 - RECAP

Colby-Sawyer

70

Husson

80 - RECAP

Finals – Saturday, February 23 at University of Maine at Farmington

Castleton

68

Husson

74

 




February 22, 2013

Defending North Atlantic Conference champion, and fourth-seeded Castleton State College will meet the second seed, Husson University, in the 2013 Men's Basketball Final Saturday at 2 p.m. Castleton advanced by way on an upset win over host UMF, while Husson gritted out a closely contested win over Colby-Sawyer.

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 19 at Higher Seed

 

(8) New England Col.

66

(1)    Maine-Farmington

85 - RECAP

(7) Johnson St.

69

(2)    Husson

81 - RECAP

(6) Thomas

57

(3)    Colby-Sawyer

80 - RECAP

(5) Lyndon

81

(4)    Castleton

91 - RECAP

Semifinals – Friday, February 22 at University of Maine at Farmington

Castleton

70

Maine-Farmington

46 - RECAP

Colby-Sawyer

70

Husson

80 - RECAP

Finals – Saturday, February 23 at University of Maine at Farmington

Castleton

vs

Husson


 


 

February 19, 2013

The University of Maine at Farmington, Husson University, Colby-Sawyer College and Castleton State College all advanced in the North Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament as the top four seeds dispatched of their quarterfinal competition Tuesday evening.

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 19 at Higher Seed

 

(8) New England Col.

66

(1)    Maine-Farmington

85 - RECAP

(7) Johnson St.

69

(2)    Husson

81 - RECAP

(6) Thomas

57

(3)    Colby-Sawyer

80 - RECAP

(5) Lyndon

81

(4)    Castleton

91 - RECAP

Semifinals – Friday, February 22 at University of Maine at Farmington

Castleton

at

Maine-Farmington

 

Colby-Sawyer

vs

Husson

 

Finals – Saturday, February 23 at University of Maine at Farmington

Semifinal Winners

 

 



February 16, 2013

The University of Maine at Farmington has secured the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. The Beavers (20-5 overall, 15-3 NAC) will host eighth-seeded New England College (3-22 overall, 3-15 NAC) in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

Husson University earned the second seed, finishing the season 17-8 overall, 14-4 NAC. The Eagles will host Johnson State College (9-16 overall, 7-11 NAC) which earned the seventh seed, in quarterfinal action Tuesday.

Third-seeded Colby-Sawyer College (13-12 overall, 13-5 NAC) will host sixth-seeded Thomas College (13-11 overall, 9-9 NAC) Tuesday, while fourth-seeded Castleton State College (14-11 overall, 12-6 NAC) hosts fifth seed Lyndon State College (12-13, 11-7 NAC) in the final quarterfinal Tuesday.

The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages.

Quarterfinal round games will be played on Tuesday, February 19 at the higher seed. Winners will advance to the semifinals held at the highest remaining seed on Friday, February 22. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, February 23 at the site of the semifinal.

Game times and dates are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, February 19 at Higher Seed

 

(8) New England Col.

at

(1)    Maine-Farmington

 

(7) Johnson St.

at

(2)    Husson

 

(6) Thomas

at

(3)    Colby-Sawyer

 

(5) Lyndon

at

(4)    Castleton

 

Semifinals – Friday, February 22 at Highest Remaining Seed

Lyndon/Castleton

vs

New England Col./UMF

 

Thomas/Colby-Sawyer

vs

Johnson St./Husson

 

Finals – Saturday, February 23 at Semifinal Site

Semifinal Winners