Thursday, November 21, 2013

Spartans Surge Past Pride

UNCG 92 - Greensboro College 62

UNCG Athletics
Greensboro College Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 40 - Greensboro 32

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Cain (23)
Leader Rebounds: Cain (14)
Leader Assists: Saddler, Parker (Tied - 6)
Team FG: 34-58 (58.6%)
Team 3 Pt: 7-14 (50.0%)
Team FT: 17-24 (70.8%)
Rebounds: 51
Turnovers: 19

Greensboro College Stats
Leader Points: Thomas (15)
Leader Rebounds: Martin, Griffin, Bates (Tied - 5)
Leader Assists: Griffin (4)
Team FG: 21-74 (28.4%)
Team 3 Pt: 12-39 (30.8%)
Team FT: 8-13 (61.5%)
Rebounds: 33
Turnovers: 11

The final score was lopsided. The game itself is a different story. UNCG played pretty solid defense all game long. But 13 first half turnovers allowed the Pride to stick around and only find themselves down 8 at the break. A 9-0 run out of the locker room cleared up any doubt about the outcome. The Spartans continued the trend of shooting the ball well (58.6%) and sharing the ball (23 assists on 34 made field goals). However, only one of UNCG's four primary ball handlers tallied less than 3 turnovers. That's something that will need to be corrected before the Florida trip. The team also came out flat. That's another trend that will need to be corrected.

On the bright side, Jordan Potts saw his first action and hit the ground running scoring 17 points (5-5 3 point shooting). Kyle Cain was an absolute beast notching 23 points and 14 rebounds in only 24 minutes of action. Freshmen Tevon Saddler (15 points, 5 rebounds & 6 assists) and Tyrone Outlaw (13 points) continued their hot starts to the season. Both have been in double figures in all 4 games. The Spartan offense has been very good in all four contests.

Now the real games start. Being 3-1 is a very good beginning for UNCG, but the road is only going to get more difficult. The trip to Florida should tell us a lot more about this team and the direction of the season. I still have high hopes regardless.

Go Spartans !!!