Thursday, December 19, 2013

Spartans Storm Past James Madison

UNCG 78 - JMU 65

UNCG Athletics
JMU Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 36 - JMU 42

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Paulos (21)
Leader Rebounds: Cain (7)
Leader Assists: Parker. Saddler (Tied - 5)
Team FG: 27-53 (50.9%)
Team 3 Pt: 11-19 (57.9%)
Team FT: 13-17 (76.5%)
Rebounds: 30
Turnovers: 7

James Madison Stats
Leader Points: Curry (23)
Leader Reboudns: Vadonvich (2)
Leader Assists: Cooke (3)
Team FG: 21-48 (43.8%)
Team 3 Pt: 5-20 (25.0%)
Team FT: 18-24 (75.0%)
Rebounds: 28
Turnovers: 8

That was the most complete game UNCG has played all season (by a mile). I thought everyone that got in made genuine contributions and played within themselves. I was particularly impressed with what RJ White was able to bring on the offensive and defensive ends and Diante Baldwin really played some very good defense. Someone needed to accept that role for this team, and hopefully this game is the start of him accepting it. The entire second half defense was just really good.

On the super bright side for the Spartans, the guards did a wonderful job of taking care of the ball and distributing it to the right places to beat the JMU zone. Parker, Saddler, Potts and Baldwin combined to have only 1 turnover and 10 assists. I also thought the UNCG big men did a good job passing out double teams.

Since I've been hard on UNCG for a couple of weeks now. I have no desire to look for or write anything negative. It was just a good win. The Spartans showed 40 minutes of focus and effort and I'm very happy to see the team win this one. Go Spartans !!!