Men’s Basketball Suffers Third Straight Loss, Falls At Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The UNCG men’s basketball team dropped to 7-4 in Southern Conference play and 16-8 overall as the Spartans suffered a 91-68 loss to defending SoCon champion Chattanooga Thursday night at McKenzie Arena. The Spartans continue their three-game road swing in less than 48 hours when they travel to Samford for a 4 p.m. (ET) tip-off on the American Sports Network and ESPN3.
The Spartans connected on 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from the field but were uncharacteristically off the mark from deep. UNCG entered the game second in the SoCon in 3-point shooting at 39.4 percent on the year but connected on only 23.1 percent (3-13) from the field, including just one of their first 11 shots from deep.
Redshirt freshman forward James Dickey (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) led the way with 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in 23 minutes off the bench. Freshman forward Kyrin Galloway (Milton, Ga./Milton) added a career-high 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench. Galloway connected on 3-of-4 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line while also posting four blocked shots.
Chattanooga (16-6, 7-3 SoCon) conversely was hot from the start as the Mocs connected on 55.6 percent (35-of-63) from the field and 55 percent (11-of-20) from 3-point land. Chattanooga hit nine out of its first 11 shots from deep on the night. Tre’ McLean led the Mocs with 20 points and six rebounds as he was 8-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-3 from 3-point land. Justin Tuoyo added 19 points and nine rebounds while Greg Pryor finished with 13 points.
Chattanooga came out of the gate quickly, opening to an early 13-4 lead as Justin Tuoyo scored six points in the first three minutes of the game. The Spartans were unable to slow the Mocs in the first half as Chattanooga extended its lead to as many as 22 points at 47-25. UNCG scored the last six points of the first half to head into the locker room trailing 47-31.
The Spartans connected on just 11-of-28 (39.3%) from the field and only 1-of-7 (14.3%) from 3-point land in the first half. Additionally, UNCG committed eight turnovers in the half that Chattanooga turned into 15 points. Senior center R.J. White (Frisco, Texas/Frisco) led the Spartans with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting while Francis Alonso (Malaga, Spain/Cushing Academy) tallied seven points.
Chattanooga connected on 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from the field and hit 5-of-9 (55.6%) from 3-point land in the first half. The Mocs also grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the first half and dished out 12 assists. Tre’ McLean led the way with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting while Tuoyo and Makinde London each added six points in the half.
Chattanooga put the game out of reach early in the second half, posting a 16-2 run to take a 66-33 lead with 14:28 remaining. The Mocs got nine points from Tuoyo in the run, including a 3-pointer to take the 33-point lead. Chattanooga would extend the lead all the way to 40 at 88-48 with 7:39 remaining on back-to-back 3-pointers from Pryor. UNCG closed the game on a 20-3 run over the final 5:20 of the game, including eight straight points from Galloway.
White finished 11 points and six rebounds in the loss. Junior forward Marvin Smith (Richmond, Va./Fork Union Military Academy) chipped in eight points on 4-of-8 shooting.
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