Greensboro, N.C. – It took Trevis Simpson’s teammates a while to catch up to him. And when they did, the UNCG Spartans were on their way to a second-half turnaround and a resounding 77-69 victory over Davidson that might be their best performance in three years.
Simpson, the only UNCG player of substance in a trying first half, finished with 33 points – a school record for a freshman in the Division I era – as the club earned its first home win of the year and its second straight overall after it began the campaign with 15 losses.
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The Spartans followed last Thursday’s victory at Appalachian State by shooting 59 percent from the floor after the break to eradicate a 10-point deficit, build a 66-53 lead and hang on.
Asked if he felt a sense of relief, coach Mike Dement said, “Maybe at App. Today, it was a sense that, ‘Hey, that was pretty good.’ You could see a whole different body language, a different way about our guys.”
They gathered as they always do at midcourt to reflect and thank the fans for their loyalty. It was different on Monday.
“Usually, at that time, we’ve lost and the crowd is walking out of the coliseum,” said forward Aaron Brackett, who delivered 11 points and eight rebounds. “But tonight, the crowd was still there. There was cheering. There were smiles everywhere. A nice feeling to get that first win at home.”