GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team continues its two-game stretch at the Greensboro Coliseum Saturday as the Spartans host perennial Southern Conference power Davidson. Game time is set for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast in the Triad on 1320 WCOG AM, while also being video streamed online for free at www.uncgspartans.com.
The Spartans enter Saturday’s game with a 10-9 overall record and a 3-1 SoCon mark, having won three straight games. UNCG is off to its best league start and is over .500 in January for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Spartans are coming off a 69-65 overtime victory Thursday over The Citadel, rallying from a 14-point second half deficit.
Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) leads the Spartans in scoring at 15.7 points per game and has scored in double figures in 17 of 19 games this year. Cain is coming off a 20-point, 16-rebound effort against the Citadel for his league-leading seventh double-double of the season. He leads the team and ranks second in the SoCon on the glass at 9.1 rebounds per game.
Sophomore forward Kayel Locke (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) is coming off a game-high 21 points against The Citadel, including the game-tying basket with 3.7 seconds remaining. Locke is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game and has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games. Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) rounds out the Spartans in double figures at 11.9 points per game. Saddler leads the team with 54 assists and 126 free throw attempts.
Junior Nicholas Paulos (Salt Lake City, Utah/New Hampton School) lead the team with 48 three-pointers, which ranks third in the SoCon. Redshirt freshman center R.J. White (Frisco, Texas/Frisco) is second on the team on the glass, grabbing 4.7 rebounds per game off the bench. Sophomore guard Jordan Potts (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) is second in the league in three-point shooting, hitting 47.1 percent (24-of-51) from long range.
Davidson enters Saturday’s game with a 7-11 overall record and a 3-1 mark in SoCon play. The Wildcats had a three-game winning streak snapped Thursday night with an 87-85 overtime loss at home to Elon. Davidson has defeated Wofford, Furman and Appalachian State in league play so far this year.
De’Mon Brooks, the preseason SoCon Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring at 17.3 points per game and on the glass at 6.7 rebounds per game. Brooks is shooting 52.5 percent (73-of-139) from the field and 71.4 percent (55-of-77) from the free throw line. Brian Sullivan is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game and leads the team with 41 three-pointers.
Tom Droney is third on the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game while grabbing 3.8 rebounds per game. Tyler Kalinoski rounds out the Wildcats averaging double figures at 11.1 points per game and leads the tam with 26 steals.
Saturday’s game marks the 32nd meeting all-time between UNCG and Davidson since the teams first met February 7, 1998. The Spartans are just 9-22 all-time against the Wildcats, but the teams are 2-3 against each other the last three years. Last season, UNCG dropped an 85-53 contest to Davidson at Belk Arena. Former Spartan Derrell Armstrong was the only player to score double figures with 17 points while the Wildcats have five in double figures led by Jake Cohen with 20 points and Brooks with 14 points.
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