GREENSBORO, N.C. –UNC Greensboro men’s basketball closed out non-conference play on a high note Tuesday evening, defeating the defending Big South champions Radford 63-58 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
With the victory, the Spartans completed their non-conference schedule with an 11-2 record. The 11 wins are the most non-conference victories in a single season since UNCG transitioned to the Division I level in the early 1990s before joining the Big South and then the Southern Conference.
Additionally, the Spartans are currently riding a four-game winning streak heading into conference play.
In an expected competitive first half, the Spartans and Highlanders fought throughout a competitive 20-minute frame before UNCG was able to take a 34-25 halftime lead after holding Radford to just two points over the final six minutes of action.
The Spartans were hot from three-point land in the first half, making 6-of-12 attempts with senior guard Francis Alonso hitting three shots from downtown. Freshman forward Angelo Allegri also hit back-to-back three pointers that gave UNCG the lead from Radford on two different occasions.
Defensively, UNCG held Radford to just 1-of-9 shooting over the final six minutes. Neither team shot a free throw in the first half.
Radford, however, began the second half on an 21-7 run to get to its biggest lead on the evening, 46-42, with 11:23 remaining. Despite falling behind, UNCG took back the lead with 8:19 left when junior forward Eric Hamilton sank a layup in a congested lane.
Although the lead changed two more times, the Spartans took over the lead for good with 5:48 remaining when Hamilton made a pair of free throws. That lead was cushioned by a late corner three from junior guard Malik Massey.
UNCG will begin conference play this Saturday when the Spartans travel to Birmingham, Ala., to take on Samford. The Spartans have won their last two conference openers en route to regular season SoCon titles.
Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m EST.
News And Notes
--UNCG is 11-2 through 13 games for just the second time in program history. The Spartans also were 11-2 through 13 games during the 1994-95 campaign, as UNCG went on to finish that season with a 23-6 record and were Big South regular season champions.
--UNCG set a new program record for non-conference victories in Division I play dating back to the Spartans’ first season in the Big South in 1993-94. The Spartans previously won nine non-conference games during both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
--The victory was also the 16th straight on home court for UNCG dating back to last December.
--The Spartans are now 7-4 all-time against Radford.
--UNCG is now 5-0 all-time against Radford in Greensboro.
--This is the second four-game winning streak the Spartans have rattled off this season. UNCG won six straight games from Nov. 13-Nov. 27.
--This was the first meeting between the two schools since UNCG joined the SoCon. Prior to tonight’s game, the last time the two schools shared a court was on Feb. 26, 1997.
--Senior guard Demetrius Troy grabbed three steals to enter the top-10 in program history for steals. His 132 steals moves him into eighth place. Next in line is David Williams (2010-13) and his 137 career steals.
--Troy also tied his season high for assists with seven.
--Alonso once again reached double-digits in scoring on Tuesday, as the senior guard has now scored at least 10 points in UNCG’s last 14 games dating back to the team’s NCAA Tournament appearance against Gonzaga.
--In UNCG’s first 12 games this season, Allegri made just three three-point shots but made two attempts in the first half.
--Hamilton also blocked a career-high three shots.
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