Saturday, December 21, 2013

UNCG Comes Up Short in Winston-Salem

UNCG 51 - Wake Forest 59

UNCG Athletics
Wake Forest Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 22 - Wake Forest 29

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Cain (16)
Leader Rebounds: Cain (15)
Leader Assists: Parker (3)
Team FG: 19-60 (31.7%)
Team 3 Pt: 1-15 (6.7%)
Team FT: 12-21 (57.1%)
Rebounds: 40
Turnovers: 12

Wake Forest Stats
Leader Points: Cavanaugh, Thomas (Tied - 12)
Leader Rebounds: Thomas (13)
Leader Assists: Jones (2)
Team FG: 22-49 (44.9%)
Team 3 Pt: 2-14 (14.3%)
Team FT: 13-30 (43.3%)
Rebounds: 41
Turnovers: 14

That was an ugly, ugly game. There was a point during the second half where I wondered out loud whether UNCG would reach 40 points or if the two teams would combine to score 100 points total. However, the Spartans fought hard throughout the entire game and battled back after being down by double digits on several occasions. G just couldn't quite get all the way back and eventually ran out of gas and time.

The Demon Deacons definitely helped UNCG stay in the game by missing a ton of free throws, but the Spartans played very solid defense all day long. The team did a great job of covering up Travis McKie and Coron Williams. Other than Cavanaugh no other Deacon even made a 3 point basket.

All-in-all there was a lot to like about this game. Even though the shots weren't failing, the effort and focus was strong and consistent throughout. It was great to see the bench really get into the game and cheer on their teammates. It was also nice to see UNCG do a great job taking care of the ball. This is the second straight game with a low turnover number and it's obvious that UNCG plays better when they value the basketball. Kyle Cain was very good again today and is really on pace for an All-SoCon type season.

Now everyone gets to take some time off to celebrate the holidays. After that, it's another road trip within the ACC. We'll get to that one later in the week though. Until then, I hope everyone has a safe and merry Christmas. Go Spartans !!!