Menís Basketball Hosts James Madison Wednesday Night
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team returns home to the Greensboro Coliseum Wednesday night as the Spartans host defending Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Champion James Madison. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on 1320 WCOG AM with Scott Pryzwansky and Darryl Kosciak providing the call.
UNCG enters Wednesday’s game with a 5-6 record and has dropped three out of its last four games, including an 89-72 loss at Rutgers Saturday. The Spartans are averaging 75.1 points per game this season and rank second in the Southern Conference in field goal percentage (47.0) and three-point shooting percentage (37.4). Additionally, UNCG leads the SoCon on the glass with a +4.4 rebounding margin as four different Spartans grab at least four rebounds per game.
Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game and has scored in double figures in nine of the 11 games this year. Cain is coming off an 18-point performance against Rutgers where he connected on 8-of-15 from the field. He leads the team and is second in the SoCon on the glass grabbing 8.1 rebounds per game, while also shooting 53.3 percent (72-of-135) from the field.
Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game and leads the team with 38 assists. Saddler is coming off a 13-point effort at Rutgers, but committed eight turnovers against the Scarlet Knights and has a team-high 54 miscues this year.
Sophomore forward Kayel Locke (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) is third on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game and second on the glass at 5.2 rebounds per game. Junior Nicholas Paulos (Salt Lake City, Utah/New Hampton School) rounds out the Spartans averaging double figures as he chips in 10.1 points and has hit a team-high 27 three-pointers this year.
James Madison enters Wednesday’s game with a 3-8 record on the year and a 2-5 mark on the road. The Dukes are coming off an 84-69 victory at High Point Saturday night in which they hit 10-of-20 (50%) from long range in the come-from-behind victory. JMU has also picked up wins over Northern Illinois and San Jose State, while dropping games to Virginia, Milwaukee, Detroit, Valparaiso, Winthrop, Richmond, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin.
The Dukes are averaging just 62.6 points per game this season as they are shooting 40.6 percent (221-of-544) from the field and just 25.6 percent (52-of-203) from long range. Charles Cooke leads James Madison in scoring at 16.0 points per game and is third on the team on the glass at 4.5 rebounds per game. Andrey Semenov is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game and has hit 12 three-pointers this year. Ron Curry rounds out the double figure scorers at 10.8 points per game, while Taylor Bessick leads the team with 5.3 rebounds per game.
Wednesday’s game marks the sixth meeting all-time between UNCG and James Madison. The Spartans have dropped all five previous meetings in series history, including an 85-73 decision in Harrisonburg, Va., last year. UNCG fell into a 20-point half time deficit at 49-29 as it hit just 25.8 percent from the field and only 22.2 percent from long range.
The Spartans regrouped in the second half, outscoring JMU by a 44-36 margin and pulling within three points on two different occasions. Former Spartan Trevis Simpson led the team with 24 points, 18 of which came in the second half, while Paulos added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range.
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