UNCG Men’s Basketball Defeats Crosstown Rival NC A&T, 94-78, in Season Opener

UNCG Men’s Basketball Defeats Crosstown Rival NC A&T, 94-78, in Season Opener

­GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) men’s basketball team opened the 2023-24 season with a 94-78 victory over crosstown rival NC A&T on Friday night in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Four Spartans scored double figures, while two had double-doubles, including senior Mikeal Brown-Jones with 14 points and 13 rebounds and graduate student Kobe Langley with 11 points and a career-high 10 assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Spartans began the game with a 6-2 run, initiated by a jumper from Brown-Jones. Following a 5-1 run, the Aggies tied the game at seven and took their only lead, 10-7. The first three-pointer of the season for UNCG came from sophomore Donovan Atwell at 15:55, which began a long haul of nine-straight points for a 16-10 advantage. UNCG saw its first double-figure lead with 11:22 on the clock as Atwell drained his second three of the game, 27-16. The Spartans stretched its lead to 22, for their largest gap of the first half, thanks to Tim Ceaser’s third three-pointer of the game. The Spartans’ 76.9-percent shooting (10-for 13) from behind the arc launched UNCG past NC A&T before halftime, 53-32.

After NC A&T made the first bucket of second half, UNCG followed with seven-straight points for a 26-point lead, 60-34. UNCG capitalized on a 9-4 run to see its largest advantage of the game, 69-40. The Aggies cut the deficit to 14, their smallest gap of the half, after a 12-5 run, 92-78. UNCG’s Mason So made the final basket of the game to secure the Spartans’ 94-78 victory.

BY THE NUMBERS

Atwell scored a career-high 18 points, shooting 4-for-7 from behind the arc.
Kobe Langley tallied his first-career double-double.
Brown-Jones recorded his first-career double-double.
Keyshaun Langley added 12 points for the Spartans.
UNCG scored 38 points in the paint compared to NC A&T’s 24.
The Spartans’ bench chipped in 30 points, while the Aggies’ bench dropped 15 points.

RECORDS
UNCG: 1-0, 0-0 SoCon
NC A&T: 0-2, 0-0 CAA

UP NEXT

The Spartans will hit the road for their next five games, with the first two against SEC opponents Vanderbilt (Nov. 14) and No. 14 Arkansas (Nov. 17). UNCG and the Commodores are set to face off at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST at Historic Memorial Gymnasium on the SEC Network+.

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