GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team closes out a three-game road swing and the road portion of the regular season Tuesday night when the Spartans travel to Southern Conference rival Wofford. Game time is set for 7 p.m. a Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the ESPN App with Mark Hauser and Thom Henson the call. Additionally, Scott Pryzwansky will call the game on the Spartans Sports Network, airing on TuneIn.
The Spartans enter Tuesday’s game in sole possession of second place in the SoCon standings. UNCG trails first-place ETSU by two games and holds a two-game lead on third place Wofford and Furman with three games remaining in the regular season. The Spartans can secure a top-two seed in the upcoming SoCon Tournament with at least one win in their remaining three games.
The Spartans Tuesday’s game with a 21-7 overall record and a 12-3 mark in Southern Conference play. UNCG plays its final road game of the regular season Tuesday and is 7-6 on the road this year, including a 5-3 mark in league play. The Spartans have dropped league road games at ETSU, Chattanooga and Mercer. UNCG is averaging 74.0 points per game while shooting 44.8 percent (737-of-1646) from the field and 36.3 percent (273-of-752) from 3-point land. Opponents are averaging 63.2 points per game while shooting 41.2 percent (584-of-1417) from the field and 32.1 percent (181-of-563) from distance.
Junior guard Francis Alonso (Malaga, Spain/Cushing Academy) leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game. Alonso also leads the team with 94 3-pointers, shooting 41.8 percent from deep while also connecting on 88.8 percent (71-of-80) from 3-point land. Senior forward Marvin Smith (Richmond, Va./Fork Union Military Academy) is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game, while adding 5.3 rebounds per game. Smith is shooting 33.7 percent (60-of-178) from 3-point land and 77.1 percent (74-of-96) from the free throw line.
Sophomore forward James Dickey (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) is third on the team in scoring at 8.9 points per game. Dickey leads the SoCon on the glass grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game and is tops in the conference with 59 blocked shots. Dickey is shooting 53.4 percent (94-of-176) from the field this season and shooting 62.8 percent (44-of-70) over his last 11 games. Freshman guard Isaiah Miller (Covington, Ga./Newton) is fourth on the team in scoring despite coming off the bench for all 28 games. Miller averages 8.2 points per game while lead the team with 42 steals. He is shooting 54.4 percent (99-of-182) from the field.
Junior guard Demetrius Troy (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) leads the team with 115 assists while adding 7.2 points per game. Troy is shooting 36.7 percent (40-of-109) from 3-point land and has notched 41 steals. Senior forward Jordy Kuiper (Groningen, Netherlands/Canaries Basketball Academy) adds 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while sophomore forward Kyrin Galloway (Milton, Ga./Milton) chips in 6.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Wofford enters Tuesday’s game with a 19-9 overall record and a 10-5 mark in Southern Conference play. The Terriers have won back-to-back games against Western Carolina and Chattanooga on the road. The two wins snapped a stretch where Wofford went 2-4 in league play from Jan. 2-Feb. 3. The Terriers own a 12-2 record at home this season and a 6-1 mark in league play. Wofford’s only loss at home in conference play came at the hands of ETSU by a 75-62 margin. The Terriers are averaging 76.7 points per game while shooting 47.3 percent (747-of-1579) from the field and 42 percent (301-of-717) from 3-point land. Opponents are averaging 70.8 points per game while shooting 44.9 percent (688-of-1534) from the field and 35.5 percent (231-of-650) from distance.
Fletcher Magee leads the SoCon in scoring at 22.9 points per game. Magee leads the league with 125 made 3-pointers, connecting on 45.1 percent. He is coming off a 47-point effort against Chattanooga Saturday, hitting 11-of-17 from 3-point land. Trevor Stumpe is second on the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game while adding 4.2 rebounds per game. Stumpe is third on the team with 43 made 3-pointers, connecting on 46.2 percent. Cameron Jackson is third on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game while leading the tem with 5.7 rebounds per game. Jackson is shooting 57.3 percent (114-of-199) form the field. Nathan Hoover rounds out the Terriers in double figure scoring at 10.2 points per game while shooting 54-of-137 (39.4%) from distance. Storm Murphy leads the team with 106 assists.
Tuesday’s game marks the 30th meeting all-time between UNCG and Wofford. The Spartan trail the all-time series by a 25-14 margin but have won three-straight games in the series. Last year, UNCG won the last two meetings, posting a 74-55 victory in the Greensboro Coliseum and a 77-73 win in Asheville in the Southern Conference Tournament semifinals.
Earlier this year, UNCG opened SoCon play with a 71-67 victory over the Terriers at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Spartans saw themselves trailing by 14 points at halftime to Wofford but turned the tables in the game out-scoring Wofford 38-20 in the second half to rally from a 47-33 halftime deficit. The Spartans did their damage on the defensive end, limiting the Terriers to their lowest scoring half of the season. Wofford, which shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the field and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from 3-point land in the first half, was held to only 30.8 percent shooting from the field (8-of-26) and distance (4-of-13) in the final 20 minutes of the game.
UNCG forced Wofford into 14 turnovers, 12 of which came in the second half. Additionally, the Spartans held the SoCon’s leading scoring Fletcher Magee scoreless in the second half after he erupted for 21 points in the first half of the game. Alonso ignited the Spartans on the offensive end, scoring a game-high 26 points including 18 in the second half. He connected on 6-of-10 from 3-point land on the night and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Dickey added 11 points and seven rebounds as six different Spartans scored six or more points in the victory. Senior forward Garrett Collins (Asheville, N.C./Fishburne Military Academy) scored a career-high 12 points off the bench, hitting 4-of-8 from distance to keep the Spartans in the game. UNCG finished the game shooting 46.2 percent (24-of-52) from the field and 40.7 percent (11-of-27) from distance in the win. Magee led the Terriers with 21 points, as he was 7-of-19 shooting from the field and 6-of-13 from 3-point land. He was 0-of-8 from the field and 0-of-5 from distance in the second half after his sizzling first half performance. Cameron Jackson added 12 points and eight rebounds while Trevor Stumpe scored 15 points.
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