Saturday, January 17, 2009

UNCG (2-12) @ Elon (4-9)

When: Saturday, Jan 17 7 pm
Where: Alumni Gym (1,585)
TV: None/ Spartan All-Access

Elon Athletics
Elon Forum

Spartan Notes:
-Last time out, UNCG ran out to a 29-27 halftime lead, but couldn't hold it as Georgia Southern won 72-63 at Fleming Gym. Ben Stywall led 3 Spartans in double figures with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
- Game preview from UNCG Athletics.
- Mikko Koivisto leads UNCG (12.7) in points and assists (2.8). Stywall is the leading rebounder (8.9) for the Spartans.
- For the season, UNCG is shooting 38% from the field, 29.5% from behind the arc and 67.7% from the free throw line.

Phoenix Notes:
- Davidson jumped out to a 22 point halftime lead and held on from there to win 83-68 in Belk Arena. Ola Atoyebi scored 27 and Brett James pulled down 10 rebounds for Elon.
- Tursday's loss dropped Elon to 1-4 in the SoCon. They are now tied for 5th in the North division, 1/2 game behind Samford (2-4).
- Elon is Atoyebi (14.3 pts & 6 rebs) and James (13.8 pts & 5.4 rebs) lead Elon. Chris Long leads in assists (5.2).
- For the year, Elon is shooting 43.3% from the field, 33.8% from 3 point range and 62.1% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
Thursday night was a chance for the Spartans to prove that last Saturday wasn't a fluke and that they really were improving. I'll just call that mission "incomplete". The Spartans stayed competitive and held the lead for long stretches of the game. However, in crunch time, the team folded and the crowd walked away disappointed.

Tonight's game is to stay out of the cellar in the North division. Elon hasn't exactly been tearing things up. So, UNCG has a chance to go on the road and maybe steal a win. They have to do the things well that they did last Saturday in Boone. They must shoot better and take care of the ball.

Go Spartans !!!