Saturday, December 28, 2013

Spartans Stun Hokies in Blacksburg

UNCG 55 - Virginia Tech 52

UNCG Athletics
Va Tech Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 22 - Virginia Tech 22

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Cain (18)
Leader Rebounds: Cain (10)
Leader Assists: Potts (4)
Team FG: 19-52 (36.0%)
Team 3 Pt: 3-12 (25.0%)
Team FT: 14-16 (87.5%)
Rebounds: 34
Turnovers: 13

Virginia Tech Stats
Leader Points: Wood (14)
Leader Rebounds: Van Zegeren, Wilson (Tied - 7)
Leader Assists: Wilson (6)
Team FG: 18-50 (36.0%)
Team 3 Pt: 3-15 (20.0%)
Team FT: 13-23 (56.5%)
Rebounds: 34
Turnovers: 15

With about 10 minutes left to go in the game, UNCG had played VT tough in an ugly game similar to the one last Saturday at Wake Forest. The Hokies had just went up by 11 and it was looking like one of those moral victory losses. Then something funny happened. UNCG went on a nice little 23-6 run and sent the home fans home completely stunned.

Kyle Cain was the best player on the court today and it really wasn't even close. When the Spartans needed a basket, they dumped it inside and got a nice post move from Cain or Locke. Wes Miller was the better coach on Saturday. He used his timeouts to nurse his team along. He sensed there was a real opportunity and he didn't want to let it get away like it had with the Demon Deacons. He also did a great job of managing the defense on volume scorer Jerell Eddie. With no Tevon Saddler, it fell to Nicholas Paulos, Tyrone Outlaw and defensive stopper Diante Baldwin. Combined they limited Eddie to 4 points on 1-12 shooting.

This is the biggest win for Wes Miller as coach of UNCG. This is the biggest win for the UNCG program in at least 6 years. With the struggles that this program has fallen into, I am willing to call it the biggest win for UNCG other than the 2 wins that got the Spartans into the NCAA Tournament.

Now it all comes down to what happens from here on out. Can UNCG capitalize on this stretch of good play? Can they Carry it over into SoCon play? There is one more ACC game on Monday and then we'll get to find out if this team is ready to win the conference. Go Spartans !!!