MACON, Ga. – Ending the regular season with 26 victories, UNC Greensboro men’s basketball on Saturday afternoon defeated Mercer 74-47 at Hawkins Arena. Heading into postseason action, the Spartans are 26-5 on the season after finishing with a 15-3 record in regular season Southern Conference action.
Next for the Spartans will be the 2019 Ingles Southern Conference Championship presented by General Shale, as UNCG has earned the No. 2 seed for the tournament. UNCG will face the winner of No. 10 The Citadel vs. No. 7 Samford at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C.
The Spartans dominated the first half as they entered the locker room at the halftime break up 38-18. UNCG closed out the first frame on a 19-2 run over the last 8:45 of action. In the first half, UNCG was led by Georgia native Kyrin Galloway, as the junior forward scored 13 points along with grabbing three rebounds. He would ultimately finish the game with a team-high 16 points along with eight rebounds and three blocks.
Defensively, UNCG held the Bears to just 35 percent shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes while turning Mercer over 10 times.
UNCG continued asserting its power in the second half, outscoring the Bears 36-29 after the Spartans led by as much as 26 points. In the final frame, junior forward James Dickey scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Miller, meanwhile, stole three passes to up his season total to 93.
News And Notes
--The 26 victories surpasses the 25 victories assembled by the 2016-17 team for the second-most in a single season in program history. One more victory would tie this year’s team with the 2017-18 team for the most wins (27) in program history.
--The 26 victories are the most in the regular season in program history.
--The victory was UNCG’s 11th on the road this season, tied for the most in a single season in program history alongside the 1994-95 team.
--Additionally, this year’s team ties last year’s team for the best record in SoCon regular season play at 15-3.
--The victory also moves UNCG’s deficit in the all-time series against Mercer to 7-6.
--Alonso made his 135th career appearance, which is the second-most in program history. Alonso trails only RJ White (140) for games played in program history.
--Troy made his 127th career appearance, which is the fourth-most in program history. Troy needs four more appearances to surpass former teammate Kayel Locke (130) for the third-most games played in school history.
--Alonso scored in double digits for the 101st time in his career.
--Troy (435) now trails former teammate Diante Baldwin (437) by two assists for a tie for the third-most in program history.
--Miller moved into a tie for sixth place in career steals in program history with three steals against Mercer. Miller now trails current Troy for fifth place in career steals.
--Miller also moved into a tie for second place in a single season by a SoCon player. Miller now trails ETSU’s Keith Jennings (109, 1990-91) for the most steals by a player in one season in conference history.
--Senior center Lloyd Burgess appeared in his first road conference games.
--Freshman guard Ryan Tankelewicz appeared in a road game for the first time in his career.
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