Menís Hoops Looks To Bounce Back Monday Hosting Preseason Favorite Chattanooga
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team will look to rebound from its first Southern Conference loss of the season Monday night when the Spartans welcome in preseason favorite and defending SoCon Champion Chattanooga for an early season battle. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the ESPN App with Scott Pryzwansky and Darryl Kosciak on the call. Additionally, the game will be radio streamed on the TuneIn App and online at www.uncgspartans.com/radio with Parker Southern on the call.
UNCG enters Monday’s game with a 10-5 overall record and a 1-1 mark in Southern Conference play. The Spartans opened the league schedule with a victory at The Citadel before falling Saturday night to Samford. UNCG had its lowest scoring output since November last time out when it shot just 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from the field and 23.1 percent (6-of-26) from 3-point land.
On the season, UNCG is averaging 74.7 points per game while allowing 65.7 points per game against. The Spartans are shooting 45.7 percent (411-of-900) from the field and 39.4 percent (142-of-360) from 3-point land. UNCG is out-rebounding opponents by a 37.0-30.9 margin this season.
Senior guard Diante Baldwin (Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian) leads four Spartans in double figure scoring at 12.2 points per game. Baldwin also leads the team with 64 assists and 35 steals. He is shooting 80 percent (32-of-40) from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Francis Alonso (Malaga, Spain/Cushing Academy) is second on the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game. Alonso leads the team with 41 made 3-pointers, connecting on 44.1 percent.
Junior forward Marvin Smith (Richmond, Va./Fork Union Military Academy) is third on the team in scoring at 11.1 points per game. Smith is tied for third on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game and ranks second on the team with 27 made 3-pointers. Monday’s game marks the fourth time this season UNCG has played on Monday’s (Presbyterian, Mars Hill & UNC Asheville) and Smith enjoys the day, averaging 17.7 points per game, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. He is shooting 60.6 percent (20-of-33) from the field and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from 3-point land on Mondays.
Senior center R.J. White (Frisco, Texas/Frisco) rounds out the Spartans in double figure scoring at 10.5 points per game and leads the team on the glass with 6.5 rebounds per game. White is shooting 55.2 percent (64-of-116) from the field.
Sophomore guard Demetrius Troy (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) chips in 8.9 points per game and is second on the team with 61 assists. Troy is third on the team with 26 made 3-pointers, hitting at a 41.3 percent clip. Redshirt freshman forward James Dickey (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) is second on the team in rebounding at 6.4 boards per game off the bench. Junior forward Jordy Kuiper (Groningen, Netherlands/Canaries Basketball Academy) adds 6.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Chattanooga enters Monday’s game with a 10-3 record overall and a 1-0 mark in Southern Conference play. The Mocs have won seven out of their last eight games with the lone loss coming by two points at Vanderbilt. In fact, Chattanooga only other losses have come at North Carolina and on a neutral court to Arkansas State. The Mocs opened league play Saturday afternoon with a 64-48 victory at Western Carolina. Chattanooga is averaging 79.4 points per game while holding opponents to 66.4 points per game. The Mocs are shooting 49.3 percent (363-of-737) from the field and 36.4 percent (102-of-280) from 3-point land.
Tre McLean, the reigning SoCon Player of the Year, leads the Mocs in scoring at 14.1 points per game and is second on the team on the glass grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. McLean is shooting 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from 3-point land and 83.7 percent (36-of-43) from the free throw line. Justin Tuoyo is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game and leads the team on the glass at 7.2 rebounds per game. Tuoyo is shooting 64.6 percent (64-of-99) from the field this year. The two-time SoCon Defensive Player of the Year leads the league with 50 blocked shots.
Greg Pryor rounds out the Mocs in double figure scoring at 13.3 points per game and leads the team with 41 assists. Pryor is shooting 50.5 percent (54-of-107) from the field and has hit 24 3-pointers.
Monday’s game marks the 40th meeting all-time between UNCG and Chattanooga. The Spartans trail the all-time series record by a 17-22 margin but won the last meeting with a convincing 79-64 victory in Chattanooga last February. The victory snapped Chattanooga’s 19-game home winning streak last season. The Mocs posted a 73-60 victory in the first meeting last year at the Greensboro Coliseum for the season series split.
In the two games against Chattanooga, UNCG averaged 69.5 points per game compared to 68.5 points per game for the Mocs. The Spartans connected on 55.2 percent (53-of-96) from the field in the two meetings, 40 percent (14-of-35) from 3-point land and 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the free throw line. Chattanooga conversely connected on 42.2 percent (42-of-102) from the field, 33.3 percent (17-of-51) from deep and 77.3 percent (34-of-44) from the charity stripe.
White led the Spartans in scoring against the Mocs last season, averaging 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as he connected on 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from the field. Alonso averaged 16.5 points in the two games, hitting six total 3-pointers. Baldwin rounded out the Spartans in double figures in the series with 13.0 points and 4.0 assists per game as he shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field.
Justin Tuoyo led the Mocs in the two games at 16.0 points per game, connecting on 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the field and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line. Eric Robertson added 11.0 points on the strength of seven 3-pointers while Chuck Ester added 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
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