Thursday, January 26, 2012

UNCG Wins 5th Straight in Overtime

UNCG 77 - Appalachian State 73 OT

News & Record Recap
UNCG Athletics Recap
App State Recap

Halftime: UNCG 26 - App State 32

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Derrell Armstrong (27)
Leader Rebounds: Taylor Hoffer (10)
Leader Assists: Armstrong, Drew Parker, Korey Van Dussen (tie 2)
Team FG: 27-63 (42.9%)
Team 3 Pt: 5-17 (29.4%)
Team FT: 18-27 (66.7%)
Rebounds: 40
Turnovers: 15

Appalachian St Stats
Leader Points: Omar Carter (19)
Leder Rebounds: Andre Williamson (8)
Leader Assists: Mike Neal (3)
Team FG: 22-50 (40.0%)
Team 3 Pt: 7-18 (38.9%)
Team FT: 22-32 (68.8%)
Rebounds: 33
Turnovers: 20

I'll admit that 10 minutes into the game I was saying to myself, "Well it was a good run that had to end sometime." UNCG wasn't making shots and really wasn't guarding anyone. They had already fallen behind 30-13 and their leading scorer was going to get to spend the rest of the half on the bench with 3 fouls. It was not a recipe for success. But the team fought back.

I also thought G was snake bit on Thursday night with the repeatedly bad mistakes at the end like fouling a 3 point shooter or getting a technical foul for having too many men on the court. But the team fought back from those too.

This team deserves a ton of credit for battling through mistakes and a rough first part of the season in general. It's really hard to believe how far this team has came in the past month. It seems like these guys have really forgot how to lose at this point, and I hope they never try to remember.

Also, credit needs to be given to reserve big man Taylor Hoffer. He battled hard with ASU center Ike Butts who is much larger. However, Hoffer worked his way to his first career double-double and really ignited G by showing some extreme toughness against the bigger App State players.