UNCG Men’s Basketball Shines in Spartanburg for SoCon Win, 73-64:Keyshaun Langley(Southwest Guilford HS) among the Spartan leaders with 16 points

UNCG Men’s Basketball Shines in Spartanburg for SoCon Win, 73-64

SPARTANBURG, S.C.Keyshaun Langley(Southwest Guilford HS) paced the UNC Greensboro (UNCG) men’s basketball team with 19 and 16 points, respectively, in a 73-64 victory over Wofford Saturday afternoon at the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium.

This is the first time since the 2019-20 season that the Spartans are starting 2-0 in Southern Conference (SoCon) play.

Kennedy opened the game with a three-pointer just 14 seconds into the game. The Terriers took their first lead with a three pointer and a layup, 5-3. Both teams traded baskets, 8-5, and then neither team scored a point for three minutes. The Spartans then went on an 8-2 run in a span of 1:30 for the advantage, 13-10.

UNCG stayed ahead for the remainder of the half. Nine of UNCG’s 10 points, in a 10-4 run, came from Donovan Atwell who made three three-pointers, for a 20-14 lead with 10:33 remaining. The Spartans’ eight-point gap with 1:22 left came after Dante Treacy and Keyshaun Langley made three pointers. UNCG went to the locker room with a four-point gap, 33-29.

The Terriers opened the second half with a 5-2 run, cutting the deficit to three, 34-37. UNCG’s 7-2 run extended its lead to eight, 44-36, which included a three pointer and a dunk from Mikeal Brown-Jones. Kennedy dropped his second three pointer at 12:45 in the frame to put the Spartans up by double figures for the first time all game, 49-38. Kennedy made his third three pointer of the game and 12th for the team at 5:07 to help the Spartans climb to their largest lead of the game of 18, 65-47.

UNCG kept its distance in double figures until 47-seconds left when Wofford was able to cut the deficit to nine, 58-67, following an 11-2 run. The two teams traded baskets for the remaining time and the Spartans took home its second-straight SoCon win, 73-64.

From Head Coach Mike Jones
“We had great focus today right from the beginning of the game. The focus started with our internal leadership which carried over throughout the game. The guys were really locked in with their talk and locked in our game plan. Our defense was super solid against a good offensive team. Proud of how the guys competed today.”

This was the 11th game this season, where the Spartans led at the half.
UNCG has now totaled 24 dunks this season, with Brown-Jones leading the way with 12.
Wofford outrebounded UNCG 41-33.
UNCG outscored Wofford, 24-11, in points off the bench.
This was Keyshaun Langley’s(Southwest Guilford HS) ninth game this season with double digit points.
Brown-Jones’ 11 rebounds was a career-high. He also chipped in seven points.
Kobe Langley(Southwest Guilford HS) matched his career-high seven assists.
This was Kennedy’s 10th game with double figures.
Dante Treacy chipped in eight assists and eight points.
Atwell shot 3-for-5 behind the arc for nine points.

UNCG: 8-7, 2-0 SoCon
Wofford: 8-7, 0-2 SoCon

UNCG returns to Greensboro for two SoCon matchups, first hosting Chattanooga on Wednesday, January 4 with a 7 p.m. start time at the Greensboro Coliseum. This game is UNCG’s Frontline Appreciate Game and Teddy Bear Toss.

The Spartans then host Samford on Saturday, January 7 with a 4 p.m. tip-off. Both will be broadcast on ESPN+. This game will be the Fan Appreciate Game.

Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications
UNC Greensboro