SVC drops first home game of the season

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BENNINGTON - Second half struggles were the result of the Southern Vermont College men's basketball team dropping their first home contest of the season on Sunday afternoon in a 73-70 loss to Castleton.

Leading 42-35 at halftime, it looked the Mountaineers were on their way to winning their third straight contest, but the Spartans had other ideas.

After SVC extended their lead to seven early on in the second half, Castleton went on a 13-6 run to tie the game at 52-52 with a little under 11 minutes to go in the contest.

Castleton then continued their hot stretch to take a four point lead over SVC, but a Daemond Carter three-pointer and a Nate Goldsmith layup gave the Mountaineers back the lead at 57-56.

The Spartans took back the lead on a layup by Jordan Nelson and then started to pull away from SVC, going on a 8-2 run to take a 66-59 lead with 3:02 left to play.

Castleton held a 69-63 lead with 1:54 remaining on the clock, when SVC tried to put together a last minute rally with a layup by Josh Borders and Goldsmith's three-point play to bring the Mountaineers within one.

That was the closest SVC got, as Castleton was able to ice the game in the final minute with free throws and send the Mountaineers to their third loss of the season.

Goldsmith finished with a double-double for SVC with a team-high 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Rayshawn Taylor scored 18 points in the loss for SVC, while Carter was the only other Mountaineer in double figures with 14 points and was 4-9 from three-point range.

SVC went 9-26 from the field in the second half.

Castleton's offense was very balanced, as every player who played in the game for the Spartans, scored a point in the contest.

With the loss, SVC drops to 2-3 on the season.

The Mountaineers will next begin conference play, traveling to play Regis in the twos first New England Collegiate Conference game of the year on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Marauders swim-a-thon

BENNINGTON - The Bennington Marauders will be holding an official Swim-a-Thon on December 17 at the Bennington Recreation Center.

During this Swim-a-Thon, swimmers will have a two-hour period in which to swim a maximum of 200 lengths of the pool. Donors are encouraged to support our athletes by pledging to support their efforts, either via a flat donation, or by pledging a certain amount of money per length that the swimmer completes.

The Swim-a-Thon will provide funds to enable our club to purchase new equipment for our dryland program, replace our current record board and provide scholarships for children in the community.

In addition to raising funds for the team, 5 percent of the money raised will go back to the USA Swimming Foundation. The Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by saving lives and building champions-in the pool and in life. Whether they're equipping kids across the country with the lifesaving skill of learn-to-swim through their Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to the heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country.

Interested in sponsoring a swimmer? Contact Marauders coach Nicole Goswami at 802.999.5309 or visit https://www.teamunify.com/TUMoney.jsp?team=adbmst.


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