UNCG vs Rutgers

UNCG just could not hold on and fell to the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers 80-87 today. The 1793 people in attendance got to see some really good basketball in the big barn today though. UNCG was up by 10 at the half and the pace of this game, from the tipoff, was blistering.

Armstrong, as usual, was set to full hustle ( I don’t think he has any other setting) and led the team in scoring today with 25 points. Rutgers coach, Mike Rice, at one point during the game expressed that the Scarlet Knights had nothing that could shut down Armstrong. I like it when he is able to frustrate other coaches (as a player coming off the bench no less!). Most notably, he went 6-7 from the free throw line. UNCG was 62.5% from the line, while the Scarlet Knights were at 84%. The Spartans missed nine free throws and lost this game by 7. This is really a place for improvement because it is the details like this that win (or lose) games.

My spotlight players for this game were Korey Van Dussen and Kelvin McNeil. They played at full tilt, making smart shots, setting up good plays, and thinking fast on their feet. This kind of leadership on the court needs to be paid attention to and rewarded. Both of these men are playing their last year of college ball and players like Locke and White can learn a lot from them.

Rutgers was able, especially in the second half, to split our defense and drive to the basket quite effectively. There needed to be more hustle from the Spartans to recognize and defend against those tactics. Wes Miller took the heat for that saying he needed to coach the Spartans to be better able to finish these close games.

The Spartans match up with cross town rivals, NC A&T, on Wednesday. Shake it off Spartans and come back strong!