GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro men’s basketball on Tuesday evening set a new program record for consecutive home victories when the Spartans knocked off Greensboro College by a final of 111-33. The Spartans have now won 13 straight home games dating back to last December.
The victory was also UNCG’s sixth straight this season as the Spartans are now 7-1 through eight games.
“I thought we did some nice things tonight,” said Head Coach Wes Miller. “I thought our pressure really wore them down, particularly in the second half. I thought we came out in the second half and our pressure took a step forward and I thought it may it really difficult for them to get into their offense and really difficult for them to get quality shots.”
After a slow start by shooting just 1-of-6 from the field early, UNCG was able to cushion its lead midway through the first half off a 16-0 run to turn the game from a 7-5 deficit to a 21-7 lead. Greensboro College was held without a field goal for more than six minutes as UNCG went on its run, as the Spartans forced the Pride into six turnovers during that span.
That lead was more than doubled heading into halftime as UNCG shot 53 percent from the field while limiting Greensboro College’s offense by forcing 19 turnovers.
Throughout the first half, the Spartans were able to find an advantage from behind the arc, as UNCG shot 50 percent from downtown with five players hitting a three pointer, led by senior guard Francis Alonso who made three. Alonso also led all scorers in the first half with 13 points.
The Spartans began the second half on a 34-0 run before closing out the game with a 78-point victory, the largest margin of victory in program history.
In the second half, UNCG outscored Greensboro College 64-12 as the Spartans shot 60 percent from the field including eight three pointers during the final 20 minutes.
UNCG will return to action this Saturday, traveling to Lexington, Ky., to take on No. 9 Kentucky. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.
News And Notes
--The Spartans’ home victory streak is the sixth longest in Division I, as UNCG has won its last 13 home games dating back to Dec. 21, 2017. Only South Dakota State (23), Houston (18), College of Charleston (18), Montana (17), Utah Valley (16), Buffalo (15) and Nebraska (15) have won more consecutive games on home court.
--UNCG’s next home game will take place on Dec. 12 when it hosts Coppin State.
--The Spartans’ current six-game winning streak is tied for the fifth longest streak in program history. UNCG had previously won six games in a row six times including once last season.
--If the Spartans are able to defeat Kentucky on Saturday afternoon, the seven-game winning streak would be tied for fourth longest in program history. UNCG has previously won seven games in a row three times (1979-80, 1994-95 and 2011-12).
--The 78-point margin of victory was the largest in program history.
--The 33 points allowed were the second fewest in a game in program history.
--Alonso continued a strong start to his senior season scoring 15 points. The Malaga, Spain, native has now scored at least 10 points in nine straight games, the longest such stretch of his illustrious career at UNCG.
--Alonso has also now scored at least 15 points in all eight games this season as well.
--Junior forward James Dickey dished out a career-high seven assists.
--Senior Lloyd Burgess saw his most extensive action of the season, as he logged nearly 10 minutes of action. Burgess scored four points and grabbed six rebounds.
--Freshman Ryan Tankelewicz also played for the second time during his freshman season.
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