GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team continues its season-opening four-game home stretch Tuesday night as the Spartans welcome instate foe East Carolina to town. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum between the two 1-0 teams. The game will be broadcast on 1320 WCOG AM and a free video stream will be available at www.uncgspartans.com.
UNCG is offering free tickets to current military members, veterans and their families to the game in honor of Veterans Day. A military ID must be shown at the UNCG box office Tuesday, one hour before ticket to claim the complimentary tickets to the game between the two local schools. Additionally, any TSA employees or airport security personnel are available for free tickets.
The Spartans are coming off a season-opening victory over Triad rival High Point Friday 82-74, a game in which they led for all but 21 seconds. UNCG controlled play against the Panthers, shooting 46.5 percent (26-of-56) from the field and owning a 42-38 advantage on the glass against the preseason Big South favorites.
Sophomore forward Kayel Locke (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) combined for 42 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Locke scored 21 points as he was 7-of-12 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Cain, who had to sit out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, also scored 21 points despite missing a large portion of the first half due to foul trouble. He scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and finished the night 9-of-13 shooting from the field.
Freshman guard Tyrone Outlaw (Roxboro, N.C./Person County) provided a spark off the bench as he nearly recorded a double-double in his first career game. Outlaw scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in just 24 minutes of action. He connected on 3-of-9 from the field but was 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Classmate Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances) battled through cramps and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in his collegiate debut.
East Carolina enters the game with a 1-0 record after posting a 97-51 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan. The Pirates will be playing their first game against a NCAA Division I program Tuesday and are coming off a 23-12 record last year that saw them claim the College Insider Tournament championship.
East Carolina lost four starters from last season’s team to graduation and seven letterwinners overall. Akeem Richmond leads the way after averaging 10.2 points last year and scoring 15 points in the victory over North Carolina Wesleyan. Paris Campbell led the Pirates to the season-opening victory with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting while Caleb White chipped in 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Brandan Stith added a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes of play.
Tuesday’s game marks the 12th meeting all-time between UNCG and East Carolina and is the sixth straight year and eighth time in the last nine years the Spartans and Pirates have played each other. UNCG trails the all-time series by a 9-2 margin, with its only two wins coming in Greenville in 2005 (78-70) and in Greensboro in 2001 (56-54).
The two teams have played close games the past two years, including a 76-73 loss in Greenville last season. The Spartans held a 54-40 lead with 15:25 left in the second half but East Carolina posted a 33-12 run to take a 73-66 lead with just 49 seconds left. Former Spartans Trevis Simpson scored 19 points and Korey Van Dussen added 18 points. Locke added 14 points and six rebounds off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Miguel Paul led the Pirates with 24 points while Maurice Kemp chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds.
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