Jan. 9, 2010
Greensboro, N.C. - UNC Greensboro led wire to wire and six Spartans scored in double figures to down Furman and snap the Paladins' three-game winning streak, 88-78, on Saturday afternoon in Southern Conference men's basketball action at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Spartans, who improved to 3-12 overall and 2-2 in the SoCon, snapped their own eight-game losing skid in the process. Furman dropped to 8-7 overall and fell to 2-2 in league play despite a career-high 31 points from junior Amu Saaka.
UNC Greensboro scored the first six points of the game and led 15-5 before building its first half lead to as many as 21 points at 44-23. After cutting the deficit to 48-31 at intermission following an 8-for-28 effort from the field in the first half, Furman shot 45.5% from the floor in the second half and trimmed the margin to six points at 80-74 in the final minutes. UNCG, however, pulled away by connecting on 7-of-8 trips to the foul line in the game's final 1:11 to improve to 8-0 all-time against the Paladins in Greensboro, N.C.
Brian Cole and Mikko Koivisto led the way with 14 points apiece for UNCG. Pete Brown added 12 points while Ben Stywall and Kyle Randall tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Spartans shot 45.6% (26-57) from the field and made 33-of-54 free throw attempts. UNCG also fashioned a commanding 47-36 edge in rebounding while committing only nine turnovers.
Saaka, a transfer from the University of South Florida, connected on 9-of-22 shots from the floor and 12-of-17 at the foul line to establish a new career-high with 31 points and notch his first career double-double by adding a game-high 10 rebounds. Bryson Barnes joined Saaka in double figures with 15 points, including a 3-for-6 shooting night from three-point range. Freshman Colin Reddick, who scored five points and totaled four rebounds, matched a career-high with four blocked shots.
The Paladins shot just 37.7% (23-61) from the field and only 6-of-29 from three-point range. Junior Jordan Miller went 0-for-10 from the field and failed to score in the game. The scoreless outing snapped Miller's streak of 17 straight games scoring in double figures dating back to last February.
Furman returns home to host SoCon South Division rival Davidson on Wednesday evening on Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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