GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men’s basketball junior guard Francis Alonso (Malaga, Spain/Cushing Academy) has been named the Southern Conference Player of the Week the league office announced Tuesday. Alonso and the Spartans return home to the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday night hosting Triad rival Elon at 7 p.m.
Alonso averaged a team-high 26 points per game on the week, including a career-high 36 points to lead the Spartans to a thrilling come-from-behind triple overtime victory on the road at Liberty. Alonso was clutch in the win, hitting the game-winning basket with 2.4 seconds left in the triple overtime period. He also hit game tying 3-pointers at the end of regulation and at the end of the second overtime period to keep the Spartans alive, essentially giving him three last-second shots in one game.
Alonso hit for seven 3-pointers in the win over Liberty, scoring 31 of his 36 after halftime, including all 12 points of the second overtime for UNCG. That performance marked his third game of at least 30 points this season after scoring 32 against Delaware and 31 against Wake Forest. He becomes the first Spartan to score over 30 points three times in the same season since Kyle Hines accomplished the task in 2006-07.
Alonso started the week with a 16-point effort in the Spartans’ buzzer-beating loss at Presbyterian, hitting 3-of-6 from 3-point land and all five of his free throws. On the season, Alonso ranks second in the SoCon in scoring at 19.4 points per game while leading the Spartans with 31 made 3-pointers, connecting on 44.9 percent from deep.
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