I have been watching a lot of college ball this year, but have fallen lax in writing about it. It has been a tough season. UNCG has been hot and cold and last week all the Tobacco Road teams lost. (I do not like Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame in the ACC. I do not like Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame in the ACC. I do not like Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame in the ACC- If I say it three times will it go away…)
Tonight was a home conference game for the Spartans, going up against the Bulldogs of the Citadel. The game started with the Bulldogs getting in two quick three pointers and a good solid lead, as much as 14 points, that UNCG had to dig its way out of. It was a rough game. The athletes were playing hard, the refs were making questionable calls, and by our bench, Wes Miller was losing his cool.
The crowd erupted, however, when the Spartans tied it at 59 to take us into overtime. There were times when this game looked out of reach, but they kicked it into high gear in the last few minutes of regulation. The Spartans FINALLY took the lead, for the first time, 40 minutes and 15 seconds into the game and held on tight for the last 4:45 to win 69-65. It was a hard fought win and one I think they need to take them into the game versus Davidson on Saturday. Davidson got pretty beat up at the beginning of the season. They are playing up, I think, getting ready to move to the A-10, but the UNCG-Davidson game is always a tense one. There is a lot of history on the line and going in with the W on their heels is nothing but good for the G.
Stats for this game were not stellar for either team. The Bulldogs managed 42% FG, 36% from beyond the arc, and a woeful 50% from the line. UNCG wasn’t much different with 36% FG, 29% three pointers, and 62% from the line. Our bench did contribute 10 points and we got 14 point from turnovers. Tonight our defense and rebounding kept us in the game, but there is room for improvement in shot selection and follow through on plays. This is a good team, the potential is tremendous, just a few more tweaks and they will be there!