Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Miami Outlasts UNCG

UNCG 89 - Miami (FL) 99

News & Record Recap
UNCG Athletics Recap
Miami Athletics Recap

Halftime: UNCG 49 - Miami 49

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (36)
Leader Rebounds: Drew Parker (6)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (10)
Team FG: 32-66 (48.5%)
Team 3 Pt: 11-21 (52.4%)
Team FT: 14-18 (77.8%)
Rebounds: 29
Turnovers: 20

Miami Stats
Leader Points: Kenny Kadji (30)
Leader Rebounds: Kenny Kadji (12)
Leader Assists: Durand Scott (3)
Team FG: 31-59 (52.5%)
Team 3 Pt: 7-20 (35.5%)
Team FT: 30-38 (78.9%)
Rebounds: 38
Turnovers: 18

UNCG had a legitimate chance to defeat a good ACC school on the road. What makes thing seven more encouraging is that they got that chance by playing well, not the opponent playing poor. Miami's size proved to be the big problem on the evening. Kenny Kadji and Reggie Johnson got UNCG in foul trouble and allowed the Canes to live at the free throw line. However, it was the 2nd half Miami 3 point shooting that really hurt UNCG the most.

Trevis Simpson showed why he will be unstoppable come SoCon play. He can hit shots from anywhere and can create his own shot. Plus, his teammates are really looking for him on the break. Derrell Armstrong and Drew Parker did a great job of finding open players. also, I thought it was great to see Kyle Randall step up take his shot with confidence. Randall is a very good player that seems to have spent most of this year really struggling to find his role on the team. I think he can emerge as a very good 2 guard playing along side of Drew Parker.

Also, I thought Armstrong was the victim of a terrible game changing call. I don't normally challenge referee calls, but this one was bad. Down 5, Armstrong was called for a charge on a made basket where the defender clearly had one foot in the restricted circle. On the following Miami possession, the Canes hit a 3 point shot. So, the game should have been a 2 point game, but instead was an 8 point game. UNCG never really threatened from the point forward.