CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Go ahead and add another tally in the victory column for UNC Greensboro men’s basketball.
On Saturday night in front of a passionate crowd in McKenzie Arena, where Chattanooga was hosting both a blackout game and a reunion weekend for alumni, the Spartans downed the Mocs 78-63. With the victory, UNCG is now 22-3 on the season and has upped its record in the Southern Conference to 11-1. Additionally, the current eight-game winning streak is the longest this season, surpassing a seven-game stretch from Dec. 7-Jan. 5.
The victory was also UNCG’s sixth straight road victory, tying Wofford for the second-longest streak in the country behind only No. 1 Tennessee.
Despite leading most of the first half, UNCG went into the halftime break down three, 31-28, as the Spartans went cold from the field in the latter stages of the frame.
While the Spartans scored the game’s first five points on back-to-back possessions, a five-plus-minute drought pulled the Mocs within one before Chattanooga took over the lead with 3:15 remaining.
Additionally, UNCG made just one of its final eight shots before the break. Chattanooga, meanwhile, was 50 percent from the field in the first half.
UNCG senior guard Francis Alonso led all players with 10 points in the first half.
Despite falling behind 35-28 early in the second half, the Spartans used a 16-2 run to take a 44-37 lead with 13:35 remaining when junior forward Eric Hamilton made a reverse layup.
Still, the game was far from over as the Mocs once again went out in front at 46-45 with a little more than 10 minutes left in regulation. That lead, however, was short lived as Alonso once again made from three-point land.
The Spartans would hold the advantage for the rest of the game before scoring a 15-point victory.
The Spartans will return to action on Thursday night, playing Furman in Greenville, S.C.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
News And Notes
--As noted, this is the longest winning streak the Spartans have strung together this season. UNCG won six straight games from Nov. 13-27 and seven straight games from Dec. 7-Jan. 5.
--The current eight-game winning streak is tied for the eighth longest in the country.
--The eight-game winning streak is also the team’s longest since winning nine straight during the 2016-17 season.
--The Spartans are now 9-2 away from their home court this season.
--The nine road wins are the second-most in program history, trailing only the 11 road victories collected by the 1994-95 team.
--The 22 victories on the season is tied for the fourth-most in program history, joining the 1986-87 team.
--This is the fastest the Spartans have reached the 22-win mark.
--Entering Saturday’s action, only three teams had reach 22 wins this season: Gonzaga, Houston and Nevada. All three of those teams are ranked in the AP Top 25.
--With the victory UNCG now closes its deficit in the all-time series to Chattanooga to 21-24.
--With the victory, UNCG has swept the regular season series against Chattanooga.
--The victory was UNCG’s first in McKenzie Arena since Feb. 2016.
--Alonso appeared in his 129th career game, trailing only RJ White (140) and Kayel Locke (130) for the most in program history.
--Alonso reached the 20-point mark in scoring for the 34th time in his career.
--Senior guard Demetrius Troy appeared in his 121st career game. He needs just one more appearance to crack the top-10 in program history for games played.
--Sophomore guard Isaiah Miller reached the 20-point mark in scoring for the seventh time in conference play.
--The Spartans used the same starting lineup for an eighth-straight game, all victories.
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