Tuesday, January 7, 2014

UNCG Offense Turns Back Furman

UNCG 90 - Furman 82

UNCG Athletics
Furman Athletics

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Locke (18)
Leader Rebounds: Cain (6)
Leader Assists: Potts (6)
Team FG: 34-59 (57.6%)
Team 3 Pt: 7-18 (38.9%)
Team FT: 15-18 (83.3%)
Rebounds: 27
Turnovers: 10

Furman Stats
Leader Points: Croone, Ferrara (Tied - 21)
Leader Rebounds: Croone (5)
Leader ASsists: Croone (3)
Team FG: 25-50 (50.0%)
Team 3 Pt: 6-17 (36.3%)
Team FT: 26-33 (78.8%)
Rebounds: 27
Turnovers: 13

I hate to break games down to just one stat. But seriously, if UNCG doesn't turn the ball over it almost always wins. Now inherently from the lack of turnovers comes better offense and better shots. That's what we saw on Monday night. UNCG shot an eFG above 75% in the second half and scored on 15 of 16 possessions to finish the game. Even more importantly, the team stayed together and fought through what I though were some very marginal calls that went the way of Furman.

Now with all of the good on the offensive end, UNCG wasn't particularly good on the defensive side. Croone and Ferrara each scored 21 and at times UNCG couldn't keep Croone in front of them. I thought Jordan Potts did a decent job on Croone. But again, I thought the refs helped bail out Croone on several out of control drives. Ferrara impressed me with some nice post moves and he single handily got all of the Spartan big men in foul trouble.

For UNCG, it was nice to Paulos and Potts make some long range shots and it really seemed to open up lanes for everyone else. It was nice to see Drew Parker and Tevon Saddler pull up hit some smooth mid range jumpers. If Saddler can add that to his skill set, he will be very tough later in the season.

For UNCG it was a much needed SoCon win and a home win to boot. For the Spartans to legitimately have a chance to finish in the top 5 and secure a bye they will need to protect their home court throughout the season. This was a good start. Go Spartans !!!


JohnMoc said...

A good win. It's always good to win.