GRANADA, Spain – The UNCG men’s basketball team continued to have success both on the floor and immersing itself in the Spanish culture Thursday as the Spartans posted an 83-77 win over the Granada Select team, a combination of professional basketball players for the Granada team and players from Southern Spain.
Additionally, the Spartans were able to take a guided tour through the famous Alhambra in Granada, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Alhambra dates back to the 14th century and holds great importance in not only Spanish history but the Muslim history in Spain.
The victory over Granada Select was the toughest test yet of the trip for the Spartans as their opponent was full of professional players from the Spanish leagues. UNCG trailed 61-60 heading into the fourth quarter before out-scoring Granada by a 23-16 margin in the final 10 minutes of action.
Senior guard Marvin Smith (Richmond, Va./Fork Union Military Academy) led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds in just 20 minutes of action as he battled through foul trouble in the first half. Smith scored 16 of his points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter when he was 4-of-6 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Junior guard Francis Alonso (Malaga, Spain/Cushing Academy) followed his double-double performance against Malaga up with a 17-point effort against Granada. Alonso connected on three 3-pointers off the bench and hit 6-of-14 from the field. Senior Jordy Kuiper (Groningen, Netherlands/Canaries Basketball Academy) added nine points off the bench as 10 different Spartans scored in the victory.
The Spartans will wrap up their Spain trip traveling to Sevilla, Spain Friday morning and will spend two days in that city. UNCG plays the Sevilla Select team Friday night at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) with live stats available at www.uncgstats.com.