November 14, 2012

Spartans Open Six-Game Road Swing in Lone Star State

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Contact: David Beall,
 dbeall@uscupstate.edu

GAMEDAY CENTRAL | GAME NOTES

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate men's basketball team opens a season-long six-game road trip on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. EST, traveling to San Antonio to take on the University of Texas San Antonio at the UTSA Convocation Center.

The matchup between the Spartans and Roadrunners will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools and the first of two matchups this season. The two squads will square off again Dec. 8 in The Hodge Center.

Fans can follow Upstate at UTSA through a live video broadcast by clicking here and live in-game statistics by clicking here. ESPN Spartanburg 97.1 FM and 1400 AM will broadcast the game that can also be heard online by clicking here. Fans can follow on twitter @UPSTMBB and can join the conversation with the hashtag #UpstateHoops.

Story Lines

  • After dropping its season opener to Morgan State, the Roadrunners have bounced back with consecutive wins, taking down Holy Cross and Old Dominion as part of the Liberty Tax Classic in Norfolk Va.
  • UTSA's Michael Hale III averaged 20.3 points per game in the first three games of the year on his way to earning Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. He poured in a career-high 29 points in a win against Old Dominion and added a game-high 17 points against Holy Cross in the team's first victory of the season.
  • The Spartans embark on a six-game road trip over the next 16 days, traveling to four different states and playing a pair of NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. According to Head Coach Eddie Payne, "Now the hard part starts." Upstate will end the road swing with trips to Kansas State and nearby UNC Asheville.
  • UTSA has made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2011 tournament where the Roadrunners defeated Alabama State in the "NCAA First Four."
  • Upstate is coming off a 54-point victory over Hiwassee that saw the Spartans score the game's first 18 points and cruise past the Tigers. Giving up just 15 first-half points, Upstate picked up its 10th straight victory at The Hodge Center, a streak that dates back over 10 months.
  • Bruce Haynes made his first appearance of the year against Hiwassee and knocked down a career-high and game-high five three-pointers. His five treys were part of a season-high 12 three-pointers by Upstate in the contest.
  • With a pair of double-digit performances to open the 2012-13 season, Ty Greene has reached double figures in five straight games dating back to last season and has scored at least 10 points in 10 of his last 11 contests. During that stretch, he tallied a career-high 22 points against Florida Gulf Coast University on Feb. 23, 2012.
  • Adrian Rodgers has become a critical tool off the bench for the Spartans. He is second on the team in total points with 24 and is shooting 60 percent from the field, 50 percent from long range and 80 percent from the free throw line.
  • With a daunting road trip looming ahead for the Spartans, Torrey Craig knows the team must take it one game at a time and one possession at a time. "If we keep practicing like we have been the last few days and continue to build our offense and be aggressive on defense I think we will be fine," Craig said.

Tracking Milestones as they Happen:

The Spartans broke several milestones in their first win of the year, as Ty Greene's 11 points put him over the 400-point mark for his career. He now sits at 407 career points in 36 games played for a 11.3 points per game average.

Fred Miller's team-high 11 points at Saint Louis and eight points against Hiwassee put him over the century mark for his career with 101 points.

Torrey Craig notched three assists on Monday and now has 101 assists for his career. He is averaging 1.5 assists per contest for his 66-game career.

Three other players are closing in on milestones as Ricardo Glenn is just 17 points shy of 500 career points, while Craig is 14 rebounds from 500 career boards.

Babatunde Olumuyiwa is 11 points away from 400 career points and Adrian Rodgers sit just seven points from 300.

With six road games to get it done, these milestones will likely be in the rear view mirror when the Spartans tip-off again in The Hodge on Dec. 8. 

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