Spartans Sail Past Coastal Georgia, 85-55
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team opened up a 30-point first-half lead Sunday afternoon against Coastal Georgia and cruised to an 85-55 victory over the Mariners at the Hodge Center in non-conference action.
The Spartans (5-7) snap a two-game skid and extend their home winning streak to 11 games with the victory, while the Mariners (2-11) have now lost six of their last seven as they put a lid on a four-game road swing.
"It was good to come back after a long break and get a win," said USC Upstate Head Coach Eddie Payne following the win. "I thought we maintained a good level of concentration which can be hard to do in a game like that."
With the game tied 4-4 in the opening minutes, the Spartans reeled off 12 straight points, capped by a three-point play from Jodd Maxey to put Upstate up by a dozen at 16-4.
The Spartans continued to pull away in the first half, pushing the lead to 22 points on one of four Ty Greene first-half three-pointers with 7:00 minutes left in the period.
Upstate extended the lead to as many as 30 points in the first half, as Babatunde Olumuyiwa knocked down a pair of free throws with less than a minute to play and Jeremy Ford drilled a jumper as the buzzer sounded to send the Spartans to the locker room with a 52-22 advantage.
The Mariners opened the second half on a 7-2 run, using back-to-back buckets from Kentorey Johnson to cut the lead to 25 at 54-29, but the Spartans had an answer, scoring eight of the next nine points to push the lead out to 32 points with 14:25 remaining.
The Upstate lead reached as many as 35 at two different points in the second half, including for the final time with 10:09 left on a layup from Ricardo Glenn to make it 71-36. The Spartans finished in style over the final 10 minutes and cruised to an 85-55 victory over Coastal Georgia.
Upstate outrebounded the Mariners 47-24, creating the largest rebounding margin this season and setting the mark for the most rebounds in a game for the 2012-13 campaign. The Spartans also notched seven blocks, the most in a single game this season.
The Spartans continued to hitch their wagon to the big man in the middle, as Glenn recorded his third straight double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Maxey tallied 13 points of his own but finished two rebounds shy of his first career double-double. He also chipped in a game-high five assists.
Torrey Craig reached double figures for the 12th time in as many games this season, scoring a game-high 17 points and adding two steals. The junior eclipsed the 1,200 point mark for his career and currently sits 11th on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,212 points.
Ty Greene caught fire from long range in the first half, drilling four treys as the sophomore finished with 15 points and four assists. His 15 points put him over the 500-point mark for his career, currently sitting on 511 points in his 46 collegiate games.
The Spartans return to action Wednesday, Jan. 2 as they welcome Hampton University to town for the final non-conference game of the regular season. Upstate will look to win back-to-back games for the second time this season and run its home winning streak to 12 consecutive games with a victory over the Pirates.