Eagles Win on Road at UNC Greensboro
Troupe scored 23 points (16 in the second half) and Drayton added 21 (12 in the first half coming on four 3-point baskets) as the duo helped fend off a late Spartan charge.
Troupe scored nine straight points early in the second half - surpassing his first half total of seven - to help tie the score at 38-all.
Down 40-38, the Eagles went on a 19-4 run over the next six minutes. Antoine Johnson (Atlanta/Westlake) scored four straight, including a basket in which he was fouled. The junior guard missed the free throw but Troupe was right there for a dunk on the putback.
UNCG cut the deficit to four points with two minutes left
but that would be the closest. Troupe hit a key 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining
to virtually seal the win. Ben Stywall hit 1-of-2 free throws, cutting the lead
to six, but Julian Allen (
Head coach Jeff Price attributed the second half turnaround to his team’s defensive pressure.
“I thought our press really created tempo and made the game faster. We didn’t score or shoot well in the first half. In the second half we did a good job upping the tempo and getting some easy shots,” said Price.
The Eagles fell behind 17-10 following the 12-minute media
timeout when Stywall hit two free throws. However, a pair of 3-pointers from Drayton
and another from Anthony Marshall (
Drayton hit his fourth '3’ of the half to break a 22-all tie. That 3-pointer doubled his previous single-game high. The Eagle defense held UNCG without a field goal for nearly seven minutes late in the first half, and the only points came on four free throws. Montel Smith’s jumper with under a minute left in the half gave the Spartans a 29-27 lead, one they would take into the locker room.
The Spartans held the edge at the free throw line in the
first half, 7-of-12 compared to Johnson’s 1-of-2 which was it for GS. Despite
getting out-rebounded 26-18 and shooting just 28.6 percent from the field, the
Eagles were down only two as UNCG hit 9-of-25 (36 percent) from the field.
Troupe hit three 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds
totaling his game-high 23 points. His previous high was 21 points against King
in December 2006 as a member at
“With Antonio (Hanson) and Julian (Allen) not playing as well it was good to see two other guys like Tyler and Ben. I thought they played like veteran players,” said Price.
Johnson scored a season-high 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Overall the Eagles shot 43.3 percent from the field compared
to 40 percent for the Spartans (2-12, 1-4). UNCG did win the battle of the
boards by two (40-38) but
Stywall turned in a double-double, 14 points/13 rebounds. Mikko Koivisto and Landon Clement added 11 points each.The Eagles return to action on Saturday (Jan. 19), playing host to South Division leader Davidson. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be televised live on SportSouth.
- Category: Men's Basketball
- Published on Thursday, 15 January 2009 00:04