UNCG’s Langley Scores Career High in Route to 71-52 Victory Over WCU
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) men’s basketball team showed out on Wednesday night at the Greensboro Coliseum in a 71-52 victory over Western Carolina in Southern Conference (SoCon) play.
The Spartans honored their six seniors throughout the night, including Dante Treacy, Keyshaun Langley, Kobe Langley(Southwest Guilford High School, Mohammed Abdulsalam, Keondre Kennedy, and Bas Leyte.
With the win, the Spartans reached 20 victories this season. This is the first time under Head Coach Mike Jones that UNCG has reached the 20-win mark. This is the sixth time in Jones’ career that he has reached 20 or more victories in a season as a head coach. He last had 21 wins with Radford during the 2019-20 season.
Keyshaun(Southwest Guilford HS) paced the game with a career-high 28 points, while Kennedy was the only other Spartan with double figures, scoring 14.
UNCG has now won a game by double digits in 14 games this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Catamounts held the advantage through most of the first half, before UNCG tied the game at 30 for the third tied score of the game. Following two made free throws from Joryam Saizonou at 2:22, Keyshaun drained a three pointer for a four-point lead, 34-30. UNCG continued the half with the lead, before Western Carolina cut the deficit to one, 36-35, with 39-seconds left in the half. Kennedy’s first three pointer of the game with 15 seconds left gave UNCG a four-point lead heading to the locker room, 39-34.
The Spartans played with the advantage for most of the second half, while the Catamounts tied the game at 39 each with 19:15 left on the clock. A 13-0 run for the Spartans, grew their lead to 13, 52-39. Western Carolina responded with a 10-1 run, cutting the deficit to four, 53-49. The Spartans 19-point lead, 53-67 with 1:31 left in the game, was their largest lead of the game, after an 8-0 run. 63-52.
BY THE NUMBERS
UNCG had 13 points off turnovers, compared to its opponents’ one.
The Spartans had 32 points in the paint, while the Catamounts had 22.
Mohammed Abdulsalam led UNCG with seven rebounds.
Kobe and Bas each had six rebounds.
Mikeal Brown-Jones had two blocks, while Kennedy grabbed two steals.
The Spartans outshot the Catamounts in all three categories: FG% (48.1-35.7), three-point% (40.0-29.6), free throws % (68.8 – 33.3).
UNCG: 20-10, 14-3 SoCon
WCU: 16-14, 9-8 SoCon
The Spartans will travel to ETSU to face the Buccaneers on Saturday, February 25 to conclude SoCon play before traveling to Asheville, N.C. to compete in the 2023 SoCon Tournament at Harrah’s Cherokee Center.
Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications