GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the first time in program history, UNC Greensboro men’s basketball has reached the 20-win mark three straight seasons, as the Spartans on Thursday defeated VMI 93-66 at the Greensboro Coliseum. This is the fastest the Spartans have reached 20 wins in a season as well, doing so for the first time before February.
Additionally, this is the first time in program history that UNCG has won six games in a row on three separate occasions in a single season, as the Spartans have won their last six games dating back to Jan. 12. This is also the first time UNCG has accumulated a 9-1 record through its first 10 SoCon games.
After the first half began with two brief lead changes, the Spartans extended their lead to as much as 15 points at 37-22 when UNCG went on a 15-0 run over the course of a five-minute span. While the game was tied at 22 with 7:57 remaining in the first half, UNCG took a 43-33 lead into the halftime break.
In the first half, UNCG was led in scoring by senior guard Demetrius Troy, who tied his season-high with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He finished the game with 20 points, tying a career-high.
In the second half, the Spartans outscored the Keydets 50-33. VMI was held to just 20 percent from three-point land after the Keydets made eight from behind the arc in the first half.
The Spartans will have this weekend off before retuning to action one week from tonight, hosting Samford at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
News And Notes
--Already this season the Spartans have compiled three winning streaks of at least six games. From Nov. 13-27 UNCG won six games in a row and from Dec. 7-Jan. 5 the team won seven straight outings.
--The victory was UNCG’s 11th at home this season and 21th victory on home court in the team’s last 22 outings.
--The 11 home victories are tied for the fourth-most in a single season in program history. Last year’s team won a program record 16 home games followed 13 in 2016-17 and 12 in 2015-16.
--This is the seventh time in program history that the Spartans have reached 20 wins in a season.
--This is the fastest the Spartans have reached the 20-win mark. Last year’s team won its 20th game on Feb. 12.
--Entering Thursday night’s action, only three teams has reached 20 wins on the season: Houston, Michigan and Nevada. All three of those teams are ranked in the AP Top 25.
--With the victory UNCG now leads the all-time series with VMI 17-8.
--With the victory, UNCG has won six straight games against the Keydets.
--The Spartans are also 9-1 against VMI since the Keydets returned to the SoCon in 2014.
--Alonso started his 118th career game, tying Kyle Hines and Jay Joseph for the most in program history.
--Alonso reached double figures in scoring for the 22nd time this season, as the senior guard scored 17 points. It’s the 95th time in his career that he’s scored at least 10 points in a game.
--Troy tied a career-high in scoring with 20 points.
--Troy also set a new single-game record for rebounds with seven.
--The Spartans used the same starting lineup for a sixth-straight game, all victories.
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