Men's Basketball Heads to South Carolina For Battle With Presbyterian Tuesday
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team continues its three-game road swing Tuesday night as the Spartans head to Clinton, S.C., for a meeting with Big South Conference member Presbyterian. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Templeton Center. The game will be streamed on the Big South Network for free with Ryan Clary and Kenn Blankenship on the call. Scott Pryzwansky will broadcast from the Spartans Sports Radio Network on the TuneIn App. Links for both broadcasts will be available at www.uncgspartans.com.
UNCG enters Tuesday’s game with a 4-2 overall record and its two losses have come on the road at Atlantic Coast Conference members Virginia and Wake Forest. The loss Friday night snapped the Spartans’ four-game winning streak. The Spartans are averaging 75.0 points per game while holding opponents to 56.3 points per game. UNCG is out-rebounding opponents by a 36.8-27.0 margin this year. The Spartans are shooting 46.1 percent (158-of-343) from the field and 37.5 percent (63-of-168) from distance. Opponents are shooting 40.2 percent (111-of-276) from the field and 32.4 percent (33-of-102) from distance.
Junior guard Francis Alonso (Malaga, Spain/Cushing Academy) has scored over 30 points in two out of his last three contests heading into Tuesday night. Alonso set a career-high with 32 points in the Spartans victory over Delaware. Alonso connected on 10-of-14 from the field, 8-of-10 from 3-point land and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. His eight made 3-pointers are also a record. His 32 points are the most for UNCG since Tevon Saddler scored 34 in 2013.
He followed that up with a 31-point effort in the Spartans’ loss at Wake Forest Friday night. Alonso connected on 11-of-17 from the field and hit 7-of-10 from 3-point land in the game. He becomes the first Spartan to score over 30 points in a game twice in a season since Kyle Hines scored over 30 points three times in 2006-07. Alonso leads seven Spartans averaging at least 6.0 points per game. He leads the team with 17.2 points per game and has hit a team-high 21 3-pointers, connecting at 48.8 percent.
Senior forward Marvin Smith (Richmond, Va./Fork Union Military Academy) is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game and third on the team on the glass grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game. Smith is second on the team with 15 made 3-pointers, hitting 35.7 percent. Sophomore forward James Dickey (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) leads the team and the Southern Conference on the glass grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game. Dickey adds 7.8 point per game and leads the team with 17 blocked shots and 10 steals.
Sophomore guard Kyrin Galloway (Milton, Ga./Milton) chips in 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds while freshman Isaiah Miller (Covington, Ga./Newton) adds 6.3 points per game. Junior guard Demetrius Troy (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) adds in 6.3 points per game while senior forward Jordy Kuiper (Groningen, Netherlands/Canaries Basketball Academy) adds 6.2 points per game and has hit 9-of-20 (45%) from 3-point land.
Tuesday’s game marks the fourth meeting all-time between UNCG and Presbyterian. The Spartans are 2-1 all-time against the Blue Hose, including a 61-42 victory last year in the Greensboro Coliseum. The Spartans held Presbyterian to just 13-of-39 (33.3%) shooting from the field in the victory and did not allow a player in double figures. Davon Bell led the Blue Hose with nine points. UNCG was paced Smith’s double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds while former Spartan Diante Baldwin scored 11 points and notched five steals.
The Spartans and Blue Hose played a home-and-home series in 2013 and 2014 with Presbyterian winning the first-ever meeting in 2013 by an 87-66 margin in Greensboro. UNCG won the only game played in Clinton, S.C., posting a 55-53 victory over the Blue Hose. Former Spartan Kayel Locke led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds while R.J. White scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Presbyterian enters Tuesday’s game with a 2-5 overall record with wins over Johnson and Chicago State while drops over Tennessee, N.C. State, VMI, Charlotte and Nichols State. Tuesday’s game marks the second home game of the year for Presbyterian and the first home game against an NCAA Division I program. The Blue Hose are averaging 71.3 points per game while allowing 81.6 points per game against. Presbyterian is shooting 44.1 percent (169-of-383) from the field and 36.3 percent (58-of-160) from deep. Opponents are shooting 51.8 percent (207-of-400) from the field and 39.4 percent (56-of-142) from 3-point land.
Reggie Dillard leads the Blue Hose in scoring at 16.4 points per game. Dillard is shooting 39.5 percent (15-of-38) from 3-point land and 83.3 percent (20-of-24) from the free throw line. Davon Bell is second on the team with 15.4 points per game and leads the team with 25 assists. Bell has been to the free throw line a team-high 45 times, connecting on 84.4 percent. Francois Lewis rounds out the double figure scorers at 10.1 points per game. Lewis leads the team with 5.4 rebounds per game.
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