UNCG 53 - Davidson 85
Halftime: UNCG 27 - Davidson 45
Leader points: Derrell Armstrong (17)
Leader Rebounds: Simpson, Armstrong (tied - 4)
Leader Assists: Kayel Locke (2)
Team FG: 18-54 (33.3%)
Team 3 Pt: 6-17 (35.3%)
Team FT: 11-16 (68.8%)
Leader Points: Jake Cohen (20)
Leader Rebounds: Chris Czerapowicz (10)
Leader Assists: Nik Cochran (4)
Team FG: 27-63 (42.9%)
Team 3 Pt: 8-30 (26.7%)
Team FT: 23-27 (85.2%)
As the stats show, this game was a thorough domination by Davidson in every way possible. UNCG didn't play good defense, fouled a lot and seemed very disinterested on the offensive end at times. They sent a great free throw shooting team to the line a ton of times. Even when UNCG forced a Davidson miss, they allowed the Wildcats to keep rebounding the ball until they finally made a shot. That is reflected in the 30 rebound discrepancy.
Senior Korey Van Dussen broke his wrist in practice and is now out 4-6 weeks. Add that to the fact the RJ White is out for the year and Trevis Simpson still seemed to be tentative on his ankle and UNCG is a team that needs to really do some soul searching to figure out how they want the rest of this season to go forward. The Spartans should at least have a chance to compete in every game from here on out.
Someone on this team is going to have to step up and be a leader. There was an obvious attitude issue on Saturday night without having "glue guy" Van Dussen in the game to help rally the team. Losing is a part of the game, sulking is not. I hope this doesn't turn into that kind of a plunge.
Last season, UNCG pulled itself off the mat after losing to Davidson by 30 and won 7 straight. That type of run is very possible again this season, but it's going to take a much better effort (both mentally and physically) than last night. Plus, this team is going to have to buy into to what the coaches are selling and believing in their team. Hope it happens. Starts on Wednesday night. Go Spartans !!!