GREENSBORO, N.C. – Five UNCG men’s basketball players scored in double figures Saturday afternoon as the Spartans dominated Lees-McCrae 104-76 in an exhibition game on campus at Fleming Gymnasium. Sophomore forward Kayel Locke (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) led all scorers with 30 points in 28 minutes of action, while freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances) added 16 points in 20 minutes.
Locke connected on 12-of-17 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line to help the Spartans out-score Lees-McRae 54-28 in the paint. Saddler connected on 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw in the victory while also dishing out six assists and notching five steals.
Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) played in his first game as a Spartan after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules and recorded a double-double. Cain scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while also handing out three assists in 27 minutes of action shooting 7-of-12 from the field.
Junior guard/forward Nicholas Paulos (Salt Lake City, Utah/New Hampton School) added 14 points and four rebounds as he was 4-of-6 from three-point land. Freshman Tyrone Outlaw (Roxboro, N.C./Person County) rounded out the Spartans in double figure scoring as he chipped in 13 points in 17 minutes on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.
UNCG finished the game shooting 58.2 percent (39-of-67) from the field and 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from the free throw line. The Spartans out-rebounded the Bobcats 44-33 and notched 12 steals in the victory, scoring 26 points off of 21 Lees-McRae turnovers. The Bobcats connected on 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the field and just 58.3 percent (14-of-24) from the free throw line.
The Spartans came out of the gate quickly, scoring the first nine points of the game on their way to a 15-2 start. Paulos got the run going, nailing a three-pointer before Cain scored on back-to-back possessions. UNCG continued to pour on the offense as it opened to a 26-10 lead, forcing Lees-McRae into a timeout.
The Bobcats started to chip away at the UNCG lead and turned in a 13-6 run to trim the deficit to 32-23. Raul Tutton scored six straight as he hit a pair of three-pointers under pressure. The Spartans responded to the push and turned in a 12-5 run to take the lead back to double figures at 44-28. Paulos once again got it started with a three-pointer in transition before Outlaw converted an old-fashioned three-point play.
UNCG took a 50-36 lead into the locker room at halftime as Locke led the Spartans with 12 points and Saddler chipped in 11 points off the bench in 13 minutes. Saddler was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the first half while Cain added 10 points and Outlaw chipped in seven points off the bench.
UNCG connected on 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from the field as it out-scored Lees-McRae 24-12 in the paint. The Spartans were also strong form the free throw line hitting 83.3 percent (10-of-12) while the Bobcats hit just 57.1 percent (4-of-7). Lees-McRae connected on 45.2 percent (14-of-31) from the field with only one player in double figures as Tutton scored 10.
The Spartans came out of the break and opened to a 60-41 lead, forcing Lees-McRae into a timeout less than three minutes in. Saddler ignited the spurt with back-to-back steals, leading the fast break baskets for the Spartans culminating with a thunderous dunk by Locke.
UNCG held a 20-point lead for most of the second half and closed out the game with a 28-point victory. The Spartans scored the final eight points of the game and reached the century mark as Tyler McNeely (Princeton, N.J./Blair Academy) scored off an assist from freshman Diante Baldwin (Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian).
Mike Chambers led Lees-McCrae with 19 points off the bench on 7-of-11 shooting from the field in 14 minutes. Tutton finished with 13 points while Jacquise Moore chipped in 10 points.
The Spartans open the 2013-14 regular season Friday night as they host Triad rival High Point. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum and can be heard on WCOG 1320 AM.
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