Saturday, February 4, 2012

Paladins Sink Free Throws and UNCG Win Streak

UNCG 85 - Furman 93

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Halftime: UNCG 30 - Furman 39

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (28)
Leader Rebounds: Derrell armstrong (6)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (5)
Team FG: 26-62 (41.9%)
Team 3 Pt: 6-21 (28.6%)
Team FT: 27-31 (87.1%)
Rebounds: 40
Turnovers: 18

Furman Stats
Leader Points: Brandon Sebirumbi (20)
Leader Rebounds: Charlie Reddick (6)
Leader Assists: Charlie Reddick (4)
Team FG: 32-51 (45.1%)
Team 3 Pt: 10-19 (52.6%)
Team FT: 37-47 (78.7%)
Rebounds: 32
Turnovers: 15

In a game that had 56 fouls called (2 technicals) and 78 free throws, UNCG had its 7 game winning streak snapped in Greenville. Furman sank over 75% of it's ridiculous 47 free throw attempts, including 24 of 28 to close the game. Even though the Spartans hit 27-31 from the free throw line itself, they were still outscored by 10. The loss drops UNCG to 1-8 at Timmons Arena and 2-4 in road conference games this season.

It was a 9-2 Furman run before halftime that gave Furman the cushion it needed to hold off the Spartans for the entire second half. UNCG cut the lead to under 5 on at least 4 different occasions, but the Paladins had an answer every time. UNCG didn't take care of the ball as well as it has recently and didn't shoot particularly well.

The UNCG loss, coupled with a Elon win at home over the Citadel, dropped the Spartans back down to second place in the North Division by 0.5 games. Samford surprised the South Division's 2nd place team, Wofford, to climb 1.5 games behind Elon. All of this means that next weekend's Bigmingham-Chattanooga swing will be huge for both Elon and UNCG. The Spartans need to regain their swagger quickly.


David said...

Furman gave G 20 chances to win but then they took those chances right back. It was still a great game to watch, I thought G had the comeback made after being down by 13 but just could not finish it up. Good hustle guys! unfortunately it brought on foul trouble. We can't win them all but hopefully they will still be in 1st when/if Elon loses tonight. Everyone else lost in the north today that was close so G is still looking good for a bye if they can get a couple more W's!

David said...

Side note: Thank you ESPN3 for actually showing the game this time. Much better than all access. Its hard to see G up here in WI, I am glad all the SOCON tourny will be on the 3 also, except for opening round (but that doesn't matter because UNCG will not be playing in it anyway.)

Anonymous said...

Alright pretty good effort-- We still at times maybe playing a little to much one on one basketball- Furman kept hitting key threes- Henry played well which is a plus- I think coach may want to take one more look at Senoir forward Bone-- He has a wide body and could probably help the team for short periods of time-He played well in the brief time he has been given chance to play--He struggled with free throw shooting-- If we press more he could become an asset-- The team is making unnecessary fouls.

Anonymous said...

ASU vs. Elon tomorrow night-- Elon goes down-- Elon can't handle a press- If we had pressed earlier last time we played them I believe we would have pulled the game out.