Castleton, Vt. - December 11, 2012 - The Springfield College men's basketball team outscored host Castleton, 42-24 in the paint, en route to a 74-70 victory on Tuesday evening in non-conference play at Glenbrook Gym.
Springfield improves to 8-2 with the victory, while the Spartans drop below .500 to 4-5.
The Pride led by as much as 12 points in the second half, but a valiant comeback by Castleton made for an exciting finish. After Logan White's sixth three of the game cut the Springfield lead to just two, 72-70, with 3:38 left in the game, each squad's defense forcing the other into tough shots. Trailing by two with 12 second left, Mark Comstock fought for the defensive rebound following a Springfield miss.
The Spartans quickly brought the ball over half-court and swung the ball to Comstock on the right wing. The senior drove toward the baseline and tried to shoulder his way to the hoop, only to have Pat Rossi draw the charge with only 2.1 seconds left. The Spartans were forced to foul with 1.1 seconds on the clock and Jordan Rote iced the game by making both foul shots for the 74-70 final.
Comstock had one of his best games of year, matching his career high with 29 points. He also added ten rebounds and three assists. White was the only other Spartan in double figures, finishing with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting with six three-pointers.
Rote led Springfield with 20 points and added five rebounds from his guard spot. Rossi made his presence felt inside with 17 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while Robbie Burke added a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Castleton played even with the Pride through the first five minutes of action, with a White layup tying the game 10-10 at the 15:17 mark. An 11-5 run pushed the Springfield lead to six, at the 12:08 mark.
The Spartans closed within three on a triple by White less than a minute later, though the Pride eventually stretched their lead as high as 11 on a Rossi layup with 4:48 remaining in the half. Castleton would battle to eventually cut the deficit to 46-38 at the break.
It was a see-saw second half with the Springfield lead fluctuating as high as 12 and as low four over the first 11 minutes. Trailing by 12, Tyler Ackley hit a pair of free throws with 8:47 left to make it a 65-55 game, and start a 9-0 run which left Castleton down just three only a minute and a half later.
Trailing by six with 4:49 left, White hit a three, and after a layup by Rossi, connected on another triple to close the gap to 72-70 with 3:38 remaining.
Castleton held Springfield to 46.9 percent shooting for the game, including 4-for-21 from beyond the arc. The Spartans shot 39.1 percent from the field and hit 11 of their 33 three-point attempts.
The Pride will play its final game of the first semester on Friday evening when it travels to take on in-state foe Worcester State at 7:00 pm.