ASHEVILLE, N.C. – An 11-2 run that began with eight minutes to play in the second half lifted top-seeded UNCG to a 76-67 win over No. 9 The Citadel Saturday afternoon in the opening quarterfinal game of the 2017 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by General Shale. Senior R.J. White led all scorers with 21 points and led four Spartans in double figures.
Zane Najdawi paced the Bulldogs with 18 points, while Matt Frierson added 15 points and Preston Parks added 12 points in 38 minutes of action.
Marvin Smith scored 14 for UNCG, which enjoyed a 51-36 rebounding advantage in the win. Diante Baldwin scored 12 points for the Spartans while James Dickey tallied eight points and grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds for UNCG.
The Bulldogs held a 39-35 advantage on the strength of 61 percent shooting (8-of-13) from beyond the arc in the opening frame. Najdawi led all scorers with 11 points at the intermission.
With the win, the Spartans advance to Sunday's 5pm quarterfinal.
Saturday’s game was just the second meeting between the two schools in the tournament. The Citadel captured an 86-76 win over the Spartans in 2014.
The Citadel 12-21
The Citadel: The Bulldogs, who shot 8-of-13 from beyond 3-point range in the first half, connected on just 6-of-17 attempts in the second half.
UNCG: The Spartans made 30 field goals and assisted on 22 of their makes.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Fletcher Magee scored a game-high 24 points as Wofford pulled away from Chattanooga in the second half of the second quarterfinal game of the 2017 Southern Conference Tournament presented by General Shale to take a 79-67 victory. With the win the Terriers advance to face UNCG Sunday afternoon at 5pm in the first semifinal.
The Terriers used hot shooting in the second half, knocking down 16-of-27 field goal attempts (.593), including eight triples to secure the win. Eric Garcia added 18 points and Nathan Hoover poured in 17 for the Terriers.
Tre’ McLean led the Mocs with 18 points and game highs in rebounds (9) and assists (8). Justin Tuoyo chipped in 13 for UTC and Makinde London added 11 points off the bench in 25 minutes of action. The Mocs enjoyed a 30-22 advantage in points in the paint, while Wofford outscored Chattanooga in points off turnovers (20-11).
The score was knotted at 31 at halftime. The Mocs shot 48 percent in the opening half and went 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Terriers scored nine of their 31 first-half points at the foul line and outrebounded the Mocs, 18-13, in the first half.
Saturday’s game was the first time the Terriers and Mocs met in the tournament since Wofford secured a 64-55 win in the first round back in 2007.
Wofford: After going 2-of-9 from 3-point range in the first half, the Terriers went 8-of-14 from beyond the arc in the second half.
Chattanooga: The Mocs scored 16 of their 67 points off the bench, led by London’s 11.