GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two games this week, two game-winning shots in the waning seconds. This time it was sophomore guard Isaiah Miller who hit the game-winning shot, driving coast-to-coast to hit a layup with five seconds left to give UNC Greensboro men’s basketball a 60-59 victory at the Greensboro Coliseum.
As a result of Miller’s shot, the Spartans are now 24-5 overall this season and have solidified the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Ingles Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championship presented by General Shale.
It was a special day for the program’s winningest senior class to date, as senior guards Demetrius Troy and Francis Alonso along with senior center Lloyd Burgess were honored on Senior Day. The trio has been instrumental in UNCG’s transcendence, as they’ve helped the Spartans collect 91 wins, two SoCon regular season titles and a trip to the NCCA Tournament during their time in Greensboro.
UNCG’s first seven points of the game came from the combination of senior guards Francis Alonso and Demetrius Troy, as the two led a Spartan offense that finished the first half shooting 45 percent from the field.
Alonso made 3-of-5 attempts from the field and both of his free throw attempts to end the first half with eight points. Troy, meanwhile, was the only player to reach double digits in scoring in the first half, as he had 10 points including two makes from behind the arc.
Despite the Spartans forcing 10 turnovers and holding ETSU to two three-minute stretches without a made basket, the Buccaneers shot 50 percent in the first half and made 12-of-15 free throw attempts. The Spartans would then swing a 44-41 deficit into a 45-44 lead with 13:37 remaining in the second half when junior forward James Dickey made both free throws off a ETSU flagrant foul and then slammed home the ensuing possession.
Still, the game went back and forth down to the final whistle before Miller’s game-winning shot. Down the stretch, the defense held the Buccaneers without a made field goal for the final 4:10 of action.
The Spartans will conclude the regular season with a pair of road games next weekend. On Thursday night, UNCG will face The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
News And Notes
--The 24th victory marks the third-most in a single season in program history. The 2016-17 team won 25 games, which was a program record for one season before last year’s squad won 27 games.
--The victory was UNCG’s 14th home victory, second-most in a single season in program history. The Spartans won 16 home games last season.
--The one loss at home is also tied for the fewest in program history.
--The victory was also the team’s seventh straight home victory, which is tied for 17th longest home winning streak in the country.
--The Spartans have now won four straight games against ETSU dating back to last February.
--UNCG closes the deficit in the all-times series to 14-16.
--UNCG is now 4-0 this season against teams from the state of Tennessee.
--Alonso is now just seven points away from becoming just the second player in program history to reach 2,000.
--Alonso made his 133rd appearance, which is the second-most in program history. Alonso trails only RJ White (140) for games played in program history.
--Alonso scored in double digits for the 99th time in his career.
--Troy is now tied with Dwayne Johnson for the fourth-most assists in program history.
--Senior Center Lloyd Burgess made his second career start. Burgess started against North Carolina on Dec. 28, 2015.
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