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Seniors Tyler McNeely and Drew Parker will be honored prior to the game Sunday against Chattanooga.

Menís Basketball Hosts Chattanooga Sunday On Senior Day

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
         
Release: February 22, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team wraps up the home portion of the 2013-14 regular season Sunday afternoon as the Spartans host Southern Conference foe Chattanooga. Prior to the game, the Spartans will honor seniors Tyler McNeely (Princeton, N.J./Blair Academy) and Drew Parker (Houston, Texas/La Porte) with senior day festivities. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum 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 at www.uncgspartans.com for free.

UNCG enters Sunday’s game with a 12-16 overall record and a 5-8 mark in SoCon play. The Spartans are currently tied for sixth in the league, but would be the No. 7 seed in the SoCon Tournament if the season ended today. UNCG has dropped two straight and seven out of its last nine games since posting a three-game winning streak in January. Most recently, the Spartans dropped a tough 81-68 loss at home to Elon and a 82-77 overtime contest a the Greensboro Coliseum to Western Carolina. The Spartans last five games of the season are against the top five teams in the SoCon this year.

Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game and on the glass at 9.2 rebounds per game. Cain’s 433 points scored this year are just 11 points shy of entering the top 20 in UNCG history for single-season points, while his 258 rebounds are already tied for eighth most in a single-season.

Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game, which ranks tops among all league freshmen. Saddler has earned SoCon Freshman of the Week accolades a league-high five times this season while leading the team with 131 free throws made, 193 free throws attempted, 83 assists and 34 steals.

Freshman center R.J. White (Frisco, Texas/Frisco) has been one of the top post players in the SoCon in the month of February. White is averaging 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during that five-game stretch, all off the bench.  He is shooting 57.1 percent (20-of-35) from the field and 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the free throw line in February while playing 21.8 minutes per game.  On the season, White is averaging 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Chattanooga enters Sunday’s game with a 16-12 overall record and a 10-3 mark in SoCon play as it sits in a tie for second place in the league. The Mocs have lost three out of their last four games, including a 77-61 loss at home to Georgia Southern where they are 11-2 this season. Chattanooga is just 4-9 this season on the road but owns a 4-2 mark in league play on the road.

Forward Z. Mason leads the team in scoring at 18.0 points per game and on the glass at 9.5 rebounds per game. Mason is shooting 50.7 percent (176-of-347) from the field, 33 percent (33-of-100) from three-point land and 70 percent (84-of-120) from the free throw line. Additionally, he leads the team with 79 blocked shots.

Guard Casey Jones is second on the team in scoring at 11.9 points per game and second on the glass at 5.9 rebounds per game. Jones is shooting 54.7 percent (128-of-234) from the field this season and has dished out 53 assists. Ronrico White is third on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game, despite coming off the bench in all 19  games he has appeared in this season. Gee McGhee rounds out the Mocs in double figures at 10.2 points per game and has gone to the free throw line a team-high 139 times.

Sunday’s game marks the 35th meeting all-time between UNCG and Chattanooga. The Spartans trail the all-time series by a 15-19 margin, but have won five out of the last six meetings against the Mocs. Last year, UNCG swept the regular season series and posted a 3-0 mark against Chattanooga with a victory at the Southern Conference Tournament.

Earlier this year, the Spartans dropped a 77-67 decision at Chattanooga.  UNCG rallied from a 11-point halftime deficit and held a one-point lead with 6:32 left but could not hold off the Mocs. Saddlerled the team with 24 points and seven rebounds in the loss as he was 8-of-16 from the field and 8-of-11 from the free throw line. Lockeadded 14 points while Cainchipped in 11 points to round out the double figure scorers.

Chattanooga connected on 24-of-33 (72.7%) from the free throw lint in the victory and attempted 14 more free throws than UNCG. Jones led the Mocs with 22 points and five steals. He was 7-of-10 from the field and 8-of-12 from the free throw line. Mason was second on the team with 15 points and six rebounds.

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