UNCG Men’s Basketball Wins Fourth-Straight Behind 59-48 Victory Over Mercer
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) men’s basketball team won its fourth-straight win with a 59-48 victory over Mercer on Saturday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum in Southern Conference (SoCon) play.
The 7-1 record in SoCon play continues to match the Spartans’ conference start during the 2018-19 season. This was the eighth win of the season by double figures. This was the 10th win in 13 games played, dating back to December 3, 2022 with a non-conference 65-61 win over Elon.
Mikeal Brown-Jones led the game with 17 points. Twelve of his 17 came in the last five minutes and 23 seconds. Keondre Kennedy also had double digits, scoring 10 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Mercer’s lead lasted for three minutes early in the game, before UNCG tied the game for the third time at six. Dante Treacy’s three pointer put the Spartans’ up three, 9-6. With a 13-9 run in favor of the Bears, UNCG tied the game following a free throw from Jalen Breath and took the advantage with his second free throw, 20-19. The Spartans kept the lead for the remainder of the half, heading to the locker room with a five-point lead, 29-24.
UNCG maintained the lead for the second half. Following the fifth tied score of game, where Mercer tied the game at 44 with 6:39 left in the game with a jumper from Shawn Walker Jr., UNCG went on a 15-4 run. On the offensive tilt, the Spartans secured the win with its largest lead of the game, an 11-point victory. This was the eighth win this season by double figures.
BY THE NUMBERS
Keyshaun Langley’s(Southwest Guilford HS) seven assists was a season high.
Jalen Breath scored a career high eight points and six rebounds.
The Spartans outmatched the Bears in field goal percentage (44.0-40.7), three point percentage (26.7-12.5), and free throw percentage (52.4-27.3).
UNCG had 36 points in the paint compared to Mercer’s 26. The Spartans’ 31 fast break points also outmatched the Bears’ 18.
UNCG: 13-8, 7-1 SoCon
Mercer: 7-12, 2-6 SoCon
The Spartans continue their four-game home stand hosting VMI (Jan. 25), and Furman (Jan. 29).
It is Greek night and Community College night on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications