GREENSBORO, N.C. –UNC Greensboro men’s basketball continued its dominance in front of the home crowd on Tuesday evening, as the Spartans defeated Coppin State by a final of 77-54 at the Greensboro Coliseum. It extended the Spartans’ program record home winning streak to 14 games dating back to last December.
The victory also pushes UNCG’s record to 9-2 on the season, as it is just the second time in program history the Spartans have won nine of their first 11 games to start a year.
In a relatively low scoring first half, UNCG led throughout the entire first 20 minutes of action as the Spartans limited Coppin State’s offense to just 28 percent shooting from the field. A close game in the early stages, UNCG pulled away for a 16-point lead at 32-16 with 4:27 remaining, as the Spartans made four threes during a 16-3 run.
Senior guard Francis Alonso, who had 11 points in the first half, also knocked down a pair of free throws after Coppin State head coach Juan Dixon was called for a technical foul.
In the second half, UNCG was able to pull away before notching a 23-point victory. During the frame, the Spartans allowed Coppin State to make just 1-of-9 three-point attempts while the Eagles were just 38 percent from the field. Additionally, UNCG forced nine turnovers.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Miller, who made his first career start, had two highlight reel dunks in the second half, first off a perfectly timed pass from senior guard Demetrius Troy before later taking a steal off UNCG’s press and converting it into a thunderous windmill dunk.
UNCG will be back in action this Saturday when the Spartans host North Alabama for the first meeting between the two schools. The game will take place at Fleming Gymnasium in the team’s lone appearance in that venue this season.
Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
News And Notes
--UNCG is 9-2 through 11 games for just the second time in program history. The Spartans also were 9-2 through 11 games during the 1994-95 campaign, as UNCG went on to finish that season with a 23-6 record and were Big South regular season champions.
--The victory was also the 14th straight on home court for UNCG. Entering Wednesday night’s action, the Spartans were tied with Murray State, LSU, Tennessee and Tulsa for the sixth-longest home winning streak in the country. None of those teams were in front of their home crowds on Wednesday.
--The victory was the 120th at UNCG for Miller, who took over the head coaching job midway through the 2011 season. Miller is just the second coach in program history to win 120 games with the Spartans, joining Mike Dement.
--The meeting was also the first between two ACC legends as players in Miller, who won a National Championship at North Carolina, and former Maryland star Juan Dixon, who helped the Terrapins win the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
--The Spartans are now 2-0 against the MEAC this year as they also beat North Carolina A&T in the season opener.
--Alonso’s early season offensive tear continued on Wednesday night as the senior guard dropped 16 points. Alonso has now scored at least 15 points in all 11 games this season and has also reached the double-digit mark in scoring in 12 straight games.
--Redshirt junior forward Eric Hamilton made his second straight start, as the Wichita State transfer scored a career-high 17 points along with a top-high five rebounds.
--Miller made his first career start after coming off the bench for his first 45 appearances with the Spartans. He scored 12 points along with collecting four rebounds and three assists.
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