Menís Basketball Pulls Away From Greensboro College, 92-62
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) posted his first career double-double as a Spartan to lead UNCG to a 92-62 victory over crosstown foe Greensboro College Wednesday night at the Greensboro Coliseum in the first game of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
The Spartans will head to Estero, Fla., next Monday-Wednesday for three games in three days in the neutral site portion of the multi-team event. UNCG opens play at Germain Arena Monday at noon against Louisiana Tech, which posted 27 wins last year and returns all five starters from that team. The Spartans will also play Tuesday and Wednesday in the championship-style bracket.
“I thought in the second half we really settled down and got into our offense better,” head coach Wes Miller said. “We were also a lot better taking care of the basketball in the second half which led to better execution on offsen. Moving forward, we have to amp it up in practice the next three days before Florida. We have to play with more focus, more discipline, we have to play with more competitiveness as we prepare for a big-time team in Louisiana Tech Monday.”
Cain led all scorers with 23 points while grabbing a season-best 14 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play. He connected on 10-of-14 from the field and hit 3-of-4 from the free throw line. His play helped the Spartans shoot 58.6 percent (34-of-58) from the field in the victory, including 64.3 percent (18-of-28) in the second half as they out-scored the Pride 52-30.
Sophomore guard Jordan Potts (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) saw his first action of the season and came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points in just 15 minutes. Potts was a career-best 5-of-5 from three-point land, hit both of his free throws and dished out three assists.
Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) continued his strong play on the season as he posted 15 points, six assists and five rebounds in only 19 minutes of play. Saddler connected on 6-of-11 from the field and hit all three free throws, as UNCG was 17-f-24 (70.8%) from the charity stripe in the victory. Freshman forward Tyrone Outlaw (Roxboro, N.C./Person County) recorded his fourth straight double figure scoring output, tallying 13 points in 23 minutes. Outlaw hit all five of his free throws and was 5-of-7 from the field.
UNCG opened the game scoring six straight points as Saddler scored the first two baskets of the game, including a dunk off the tip. Greensboro responded with eight straight points as the Pride hit back-to-back three-pointers and Damian Dixon hit a pair of free throws.
The teams went back-and-forth as the Spartans could not shake the Pride in the first half, only holding a 34-32 lead with 3:31 left in the first half. UNCG closed the half scoring six straight points as Outlaw scored four straight and freshman Diante Baldwin (Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian) scored on a drive to send the Spartans into the locker room only leading 40-32.
Cain nearly recorded a first half double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Saddler added 10 points and four assists. Outlaw provided the spark off the bench scoring 11 points in the half, hitting all three field goals and all five from the line.
UNCG came out of the break a different team as it quickly put the game out of reach with a 13-1 run over the first five minutes to put the Spartans in front 53-33. Cain and Saddler led the charge out of the gate, scoring five points apiece in the stretch to extend the lead to 20 points.
The Spartans held the 20-point lead for most of the second half until recorded a 12-3 run late to take the lead up to 30 points. Potts ignited the play down the stretch with two three-pointers while freshman Clay Byrd (Connelly Springs, N.C./East Burke) also hit from the outside.
UNCG dominated play on the glass for the fourth straight game as it held a 51-33 advantage against the Pride. The Spartans were also able to get out in transition against Greensboro, scoring 35 points on the break compared to just six for the Pride.
Greensboro (2-1) connected on just 28.4 percent (21-of-74) from the field and attempted 39 three-pointers, connecting on 12 for 30.8 percent. The Pride only went to the line 13 times as it spent most of the time outside the three-point arc. Jacob Thomas scored 15 points off the bench for Greensboro, as he was 5-of-7 from long range while Dixon finished with 11 points on just 3-of-13 shooting.
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