Saturday, January 29, 2011

Spartans Stay Hot, Surge Past Samford

UNCG 91 - Samford 72

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UNCG Athletics
Samford Athletics

Brandon Evans (26 pts) led 4 Spartans in double figures as UNCG jumped out to lead by as many as 20 in the first half and 25 in the second half. Samford managed to fight back to get the lead down to 6. However, the Spartans made 17-19 free throws in the last 3 minutes to seal the game. Trevis Simpson (22 pts) continued his hot streak by scoring in double figures for the fourth straight game. The Spartans shot 52% from the field and 54% from behind the arc. It's UNCG's 4th win in the last 5 games.

Spartans Fall in Heartbreaker at Chattanooga

UNCG 110 - Chattanooga 111 2OT

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Times Free Press
UNCG Athletics
UTC Athletics

Korey VanDussen's career high 33 points weren't enough to over come Ricky Taylor's 41 points, as UTC surged back from a 109-102 deficit with less than 2 minutes remaining in double overtime. Trevis Simpson (13 pts) had hit a layup to send the game into the 2nd overtime, but missed a shot in the lane to give the Spartans the win.

It was an odd game that saw UNCG jump out to a quick 11-2 lead only to have the Mocs dominate for the rest of the half and part of the second half. UNCG found itself down 49-29 before getting on senior Brandon Evans's back. Evans scored all 28 of his points in the second half and overtimes.

It looked as though the Spartans had stolen the game after Kyle Randall's 3 pointer near the end of regulation. However, Keegan Bell (24 points) made a deep 3 pointer to extend the game.

4 Spartans fouled out of the contest, and UTC shot an amazing 53 free throws for the night. UNCG offset that by making 17 3 pointers out of 43 attempts (39.5%).

Friday, January 21, 2011

Spartans Surge to 3rd Straight Win

UNCG 87 - Georgia Southern 75

Savannah Morning News
UNCG Athletics

The Spartans ran their winning streak to 3 games by jumping all over the Georgia Southern press. With some David Willaims (14 pts) defense, and some Trevis Simpson (14 pts) athleticism, UNCG offset some very untimely fouls that allowed the Eagle to keep the game close. UNCG shot an amazing 64% from the field in the second half and 5 Spartans scored in double figures.

G now gets a week off before travelling to Chattanooga to take on the first placeMocs.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Georgia Southern (4-15) @ UNCG (2-15)

When: Thrusday, January 20 7 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None/Spartan All-Access

Ga Southern Athletics
Ga Southern Forum

Spartan Notes:
- Last time out, Trevis Simpson's 33 points helped UNCG overcome a 7 point Davidson halftime lead. The Spartans went on to defeat the Wildcats 77-69. It was the first home win of the season for UNCG.
- 3 different Spartans have scored their career highs in points in the last 3 contest. Brian Cole scored a career best 15 points against Elon. Simpson's 33 points followed Aaron bracket's career high of 28 points against App State.
- After dropping their first 15 contests, UNCG has now won back to back conference game. Their 2-5 SoCon record has them tied for 5th place with Elon and just .5 games back of Samford for 4th place.
- UNCG will have a full week off after tonight's game. The Spartans travel to Chattanooga next Thursday.
- Aloysius Henry leads UNCG in scoring (10.9) and rebounds (6.0). Kyle Randall leads the team in assists (3.6).
- For the year, UNCG is shooting 40.5% from the field, 34.9% from behind the arc and 65.1%from the free throw line.

Eagle Notes:
- In their last game, Georgia Southern couldn't overcome a 19 point halftime deficit, and fell to Furman 74-56. Ben Drayton III lead the Eagles with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
- So far Georgia Southern is looking for their first conference win. At 0-6, they sit in last place of the Southern division.
- GSU comes into the contest sporting just 1 win against D1 competition (Georgia State). Their other victories have came against Carver Bible, Reinhardt and Brewton Parker.
- Just before New Year's, the Eagle took SEC foe Auburn to Overtime before falling to the Tigers, 88-84. It was GSU's second straight overtime game. They had defeated Georgia State a week earlier by 2 in overtime.
- Drayton III leads GSU in scoring (15.2) and assists (3.6). Eric Ferguson is averaging 13.9 points and a team best 6.1 rebounds per contest.
- For the season, GSU is shooting 44.6% from the field, 31.9% from behind the arc and 68% from the free throw line.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

G Comes in 6th in Newest Power Rankings

From Spartanburg Herald-Journal:

6. UNC Greensboro (2-5, 2-15) … Brutal non-conference schedule makes for an ugly overall record, but UNCG has won two straight in league against Appalachian State and Davidson.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Spartans Break Streak, Surge to Comeback Victories

UNCG 75 - App State 74

Watauga Democrat
UNCG Athletics
App State Athletics

Aaron Bracket's 28 points and 15 rebounds helped UNCG overcome another bad first half. The Spartans found themselves down 13 at the break after ASU ran off a 13-0 run to finish the half. Even though UNCG's starting guards managed to score just a single point, Brandon Evans came off the bench to drop in 18 points. Leading 75-74, the Spartans missed free throws at the end to give the Mountaineers a final shot at the win. Donald Sims (25 pts) missed a 25 foot shot that would have won the game. Instead, UNCG got to break it's 16 game losing streak.

UNCG 77 - Davidson 69

Charlotte Observer
UNCG Athletics
Davidson Athletics

Freshman Trevis Simpson had one of the most spectacular performances ever turned in by a Spartan with 33 points on Monday. His 12-15 shooting performance helped UNCG shake off a tough first half to defeat Davidson, 77-69. It was the first UNCG win at home this season. The Spartans shot 38% in the first half on their way to being down by 7 at the break. The second half saw Simpson's teammates heat up with him to shoot 60% and really put the clamps on Davidson defensively. David Williams led the way on that end of the floor with 3 block and 4 steals.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rough Stretch Continues For UNCG

UNCG 65 - Chattanooga 70

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UNCG Athletics
UTC Athletics

UNCG 65 - Elon 80

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UNCG Athletics
Elon Athletics

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Chattanooga (7-8) @ UNCG (0-13)

When: Saturday, January 8 2 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None/Spartan All-Access

UTC Athletics
UTC Forum

Spartan Notes:
- Last time out, UNCG rallied from a 13 point halftime deficit to tie the game twice. However, they couldn't take the lead and fell to Samford, 68-64. Korey Van Dussen led the second half charge with 15 point (13 in the second half).
- The Spartans last won a game in the opening round on the SoCon Tournament in Charlotte on March 5, 2010. Since then, the Spartans have dropped 14 straight games.
- UNCG mow finds itself 0-3 in the Southern Conference and it tied for last with Elon, which is also 0-3.
- Junior college transfer Aloysius Henry leads the team in scoring (11.2) and rebounding (5.9). Kyle Randall is averaging 10.7 points and a team best 3.6 assists.
- For the season, UNCG is shooting 40.8% from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 66.4% from the free throw line.

Moc Notes:
- Chattanooga was blown out by Austin Peay on Monday night, 89-57. The Mocs shot just 23% from the field and turned the ball over 19 times. Troy Cage had 13 points and 9 rebounds.
-Chattanooga lead the Southern Conference's North Division with a record of 3-0. The Mocs have defeated App State and Western Carolina at home and won at Elon.
- 2 of the Mocs 7 wins have came against non-D1 opponents.
- Omar Wattad leads UTC in scoring (13.2). Chris Early and DeAntre Jefferson are both averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. Keegan Bell leads the Mocs in assists (6.5).
- For the year, Chattanooga is shooting 41.2% from the field, 30.7% from behind the arc and 65.8% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts
I just want to see G win a game. This brutal OOC schedule is worthless if we can't win game in conference. Time to man up and win one, boys.

Go Spartans !!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Spartan Rally Falls Short

UNCG 64 - Samford 68

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UNCG Athletics
Samford Athletics

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Samford (9-5) @ UNCG (0-12)

When: Thursday, January 6 7 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None/Spartan All-Access

Samford Athletics
Samford Forum

Spartan Notes:
- Last time out, UNCG was levelled by the Duke Blue Devils, 108-62. Aaron Bracket lead UNCG with 14 points.
- UNCG is sitting at 0-2 in the Southern Conference at the moment. Elon is the only other SoCon North division team without a win this season.
- Tonight's game starts a string of 3 straight conference home games for UNCG. UNCG will host Chattanooga on Saturday and Elon on Monday.
- Aloysuis Henry leads UNCG in scoring (11.3) and rebounding (5.8). Kyle Randall is averaging 10.9 points and a team best 3.8 assists.
- For the year, UNCG is shooting 40.6% from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 67.4% from the free throw line.

Bulldog Notes:
- In their last game, Samford overcame a 10 point second half deficit to defeat Eastern Washington 55-51. Greg Wooten led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
- Samford has a win against the one BCS confernce team they have played so far this year. The Bulldogs defeated Auburn, 79-68, on November 19th.
- The Bulldogs have split a pair of early SoCon home games this year. They defeated Western Carolina (63-58) and fell to App State (78-69).
- Jeffery Merritt leads Samford in scoring (11.0) and rebounding (7.5). Andy King leads the team in assists (2.6).
- So far this season, Samford is shooting 43.9% from the field, 39.0% from behind the arc and 65.5% from the free throw line.

Duke Embarrasses UNCG

UNCG 62 - Duke 108

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News & Observer
UNCG Athletics
Duke Athletics

Coach K got win 880. UNCG got embarrassed in front of a national TV audience. I got to listen to whole thing from the middle of High Point Rd because the schedulers at the Greensboro Coliseum don't own a calender. When I get over my rage at the morons who thought a wrestling tournament, high school basketball tournament and major college game should be played on the same night, I'll write more about it. Until then I'll just call everyone associated with this debacle idiots.