Menís Hoops Looks To Maintain Momentum Saturday Against Georgia Southern
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team returns to action Saturday afternoon as the Spartans welcome in Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern to the Greensboro Coliseum. Game time is set for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast on 1320 WCOG AM with Scott Pryzwansky and Darryl Kosciak providing the call. Additionally, the game will be video streamed online for free at www.uncgspartans.com.
The Spartans are coming off a thrilling, come-from-behind victory Thursday night over league and in-state rival Appalachian State 66-61. UNCG rallied from an 18-point second half deficit as it out-scored the Mountaineers by a 43-20 margin down the stretch. The Spartans were cold offensively in the first half shooting just 25 percent (7-fo-28) from the field while picking up their play in the second half hitting 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the field.
Sophomore guard Jordan Potts (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) led the Spartans’ comeback as he scored a career-high 26 points, including 20 in the second half. Potts connected on 8-of-13 from three-point land in the victory, including a 5:21 stretch in the second half where he hit six straight long-range shots. Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) recorded his ninth double-double of the year with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Cain leads the team and ranks seventh in the SoCon in scoring at 15.9 points per game. He has scored in double figures in 21 of 23 games this season and leads the team with 307 field goal attempts, almost 100 more than any other Spartan. Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) is second on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Saddler leads the team with 72 assists and has gone to the free throw line a conference-leading 165 times.
Sophomore forward Kayel Locke (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) rounds out the Spartans averaging double figures in scoring at 12.2 points per game. Locke is third on the team on the glass, grabbing 4.3 rebounds per game. Junior Nicholas Paulos (Salt Lake City, Utah/New Hampton School) leads the team and the SoCon with 61 three-pointers while averaging 9.9 points per game.
Georgia Southern enters Saturday’s game with a 10-12 overall record and a 3-4 mark in SoCon play. The Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak snapped with an 83-52 victory over The Citadel Thursday night. Georgia Southern averages 73.9 points per game and hits 7.9 three-pointers per game.
Jelani Hewitt leads the team and the conference in scoring at 20.3 points per game. Hewitt also leads the team with 72 assists, 51 steals, 59 three-pointers and 327 field goal attempts. He is shooting 84.2 percent (112-of-133) from the free throw line this year as GSU has attempted 519 free throws this year.
Tre Bussey is second on the team in scoring at 17.0 points per game as he and Hewitt combine for the top-scoring duo in the SoCon. Bussey is second on the team with 44 three-pointers and second with 23 steals as Georgia Southern has seventh players with at least 10 steals this year.
Saturday’s game marks the 23rd meeting all-time between UNCG and Georgia Southern and will be the first of two regular season meetings this year between the clubs. The Spartans lead the all-time series by a 12-10 margin, but have dropped two straight to the Eagles.
Last year, the Spartans dropped a 66-60 loss at home to Georgia Southern on senior night. The Eagles held a distinct advantage in two categories in the win – the free throw line and on the glass. Georgia Southern connected on 29-of-34 (83.3%) from the free throw line, attempting 16 more free throws than the Spartans. UNCG was also out-rebounded by a 50-29 margin in the loss.
Former Spartan Trevis Simpson led the team with 19 points off the bench while Derrell Armstrong chipped in 16 points. C.J. Reed led Georgia Southern in scoring with 23 points and nine rebounds while Cameron Baskerville notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
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