UNCG Men’s Basketball Advances to Baha Mar Championship Behind 88-77 Win Over Delaware: Coach calls Kobe Incredible/Keyshaun shines too, as Langley Twins(Southwest Guilford HS) give Spartans “Double-Shot Power”

UNCG Men’s Basketball Advances to Baha Mar Championship Behind 88-77 Win Over Delaware

­NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS – In a game where the UNC Greensboro (UNCG) men’s basketball team led from start to finish, the Spartans will move on to the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship after an 88-77 victory over Delaware on Saturday night.

The Spartans snapped the Blue Hens’ five-game win streak behind five UNCG players with double figures. This is the first time this season that UNCG has had five put up double figures. Mikeal Brown-Jones led the team with 18 points, while Donovan Atwell scored 17 points. Kobe Langley and Keyshaun Langley(Southwest Guilford High School) each contributed 16 points and Joryam Saizonou chipped in 10 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

UNCG opened the game with a 12-2 run, not allowing Delaware to score a basket for three minutes. The Blue Hens followed their drought with an 8-1 run cutting the deficit to three, 13-10. The two teams traded baskets before neither team scored for three minutes and 20 seconds. Keyshaun Langley got the Spartans back on track with a jumper at 5:57 to extend their lead to eight, 27-19. A few seconds, later, Kobe Langley stole the ball from the Blue Hens and found his brother who drained a three-pointer at 5:35 giving UNCG its first double-digit lead, 30-19. The Spartans climbed to 15-point leads twice in the first half, both came on baskets by Saizonou. The Blue Hens cut the deficit to 12, 41-29, before heading to the break.

UNCG stretched its lead to 17, its highest of the game, with 15:30 left on the clock following a made free throw by Jalen Breath. The Spartans maintained its double-digit lead well into the second half, until Delaware saw a three-pointer from Cavan Reilly and then a layup from Jalun Trent for an eight-point deficit, 76-68. In the last minute of play, the Spartans went on an 8-4 run, which included four free throws, a dunk, and a layup to secure the 11-point win, 88-77.

From Brown-Jones

“We played together and stayed together the whole game and earlier we weren’t making some shots, but we stuck with it. Every day at practice we keep each other accountable, we never take anything personally. We all know it’s for us to get better as a team. Five guys in double figures, that is just a team effort.”

From Coach Jones
“Kobe Langley was incredible. The number of deflections and steals and his will at the end when he started making shots at the end of the shot clock was great. He was incredible today and he played like that through the summer and the fall, but this is the first time that he brought it. He stepped up and he did. We have one sign in our locker room, and it is a Joe Dumars quote: ‘On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable.’ We talk about it every day. The players have to do it, they have been through the wars together. It is not personal, we have business to attend to. You have to let each other know when someone isn’t doing their job.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Kobe had six steals for a career high, as well as five assists.
Jalen Breath chipped in nine points and eight rebounds. Both match his career high.
Brown-Jones also tallied eight boards.
UNCG shot 50-percent in the first half from behind the arc (8-for-16).
The Spartans outshot the Blue Hens in field goals (48.3-41.7), three pointers (40.7-36.7), and free throws (80.8-76.2).
Both teams had 20 points in the paint.
The Spartans had 18 fast break points to the Blue Hens’ eight.

RECORDS
UNCG: 4-1
Delaware: 5-1

UP NEXT

The Spartans punched their ticket to the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship and will play in the Championship game on Sunday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. UNCG will play the winner of UIC and George Washington.

For more information on the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship, click here.

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