Menís Basketball Hosts Furman Monday Night In SoCon Play
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team opens the home portion of the 2014 Southern Conference schedule Monday night as the Spartans host Furman at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The game will be broadcast in the Triad on 1320 WCOG with Scott Pryzwansky and Darryl Kosciak providing the call. Additionally, the game will be video streamed online at www.uncgspartans.com.
The Spartans enter Monday’s game with a 7-9 overall record and an 0-1 mark in SoCon play after dropping their league opener Thursday night at Western Carolina. UNCG is averaging 70.3 points per game and is allowing 73.2 points per game. The Spartans have committed 244 turnovers this year, including a season-high 23 at WCU. UNCG is 4-1 this season when it commits less than 13 turnovers while just 3-8 when turning the ball over more than 13.
Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) leads the team and ranks seventh in the SoCon in scoring at 15.9 points per game. Cain has scored in double figures 14 times this season, including a string of six straight games. He is shooting 51.7 percent (105-of-203) from the field and 70.9 percent (39-of-55) from the charity stripe. He leads the team and is third in the league on the glass, grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game, including a league-best 97 defensive rebounds.
Sophomore forward Kayel Locke (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game and third on the team on the glass at 4.6 rebounds per game. Locke has scored in double figures nine straight games, averaging 14.7 points during that stretch. He is shooting 73.1 percent (57-of-78) from the free throw line with is 78 attempts ranking second on the team.
Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) rounds out the Spartans in double figures scoring at 11.7 points per game. Saddler also leads the team with 47 assists and 106 free throw attempts but has committed a team-high 69 turnovers. Junior Nicholas Paulos (Salt Lake City, Utah/New Hampton School) leads the team with 39 three-pointers and has hit multiple three-pointers in 10 games this year.
Furman enters Monday’s game with a 6-8 overall record and an 0-1 mark in SoCon play after a 72-63 loss at home to Chattanooga Saturday. The Paladins have picked up wins this season against Sewanee, Gardner-Webb, Brevard, Presbyterian, Liberty and UC Davis. Furman is 2-5 away from home this season and will be making its first road trip in conference play Monday.
Stephen Croone leads the team and ranks second in the SoCon in scoring at 20.0 points per game. Croone is shooting 50.6 percent (91-of-180) form the field, 34.9 percent (15-of-43) from long range and 81.4 percent (83-of-102) from the free throw line. His 102 free throw attempts ranks second in the SoCon, trailing on Saddler and his 106 attempts.
Larry Wideman is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game and has hit a team-high 28 three-pointers. William Gates rounds out the Paladins in double figures scoring at 10.6 points per game off the bench as he is shooting 48.6 percent (17-of-35) from the field but only 48 percent (12-of-25) from the free throw line.
Monday’s game Monday’s game marks the 24th meeting all-time between UNCG and Furman, dating back to the first meeting Feb. 17, 1998. The Spartans trail the all-time series by a slim 11-12 margin. UNCG snapped a three-game losing streak to the Paladins last season with an 88-65 victory in Greenville last February. The Spartans dropped a 69-61 contest to Furman last January in the Greensboro Coliseum.
In the two games against Furman last year, former Spartan Trevis Simpson averaged 19.5 points Paulosadded 13.5 points per game against the Paladins. Paulos hit 7-of-11 (63.6%) from three-point land against the Paladins, helping the Spartans shooting 48 percent (59-of-12) from the field in the season series. Furman conversely, hit just 39.6 percent (42-of-106) from the field in the two games but went to the line 55 times compared to just 29 times for the Spartans. Wideman averaged 15.0 points per game while Croone added 12.5 points per game in the two contests last year.
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