Spartans, Bruins Set for Saturday Night Battle
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Spartans will close out their two-game swing through the city of Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday night as they square off against the Bruins of Belmont, tip-off is slated for 7:15 p.m. (CT).
The Spartans are 0-7 all-time against the Bruins, but Upstate gave them all they could handle before Belmont escaped with a 67-62 win inside the Hodge Center on Jan. 21.
Torrey Craig paced the Spartans the last time Upstate and Belmont got together as the rookie finished with a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds). Josh Chavis pitched in 13, while Babatunde Olumuyiwa added 10 for the Spartan effort.
In the Spartans last outing, they fell to Lipscomb, 71-52, on Thursday night. Lipscomb shot 56.3% from the floor, including a 61.9% mark in the second half.
• Freshman Torrey Craig and redshirt freshman Ricardo Glenn both scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds on Thursday night at Lipscomb.
• Josh Chavis had appeared in every game during his Spartan career, but his streak of 115 straight games came to an end on Thursday night when a hamstring injury, suffered against Jacksonville, sidelined the senior from Greensboro, N.C.
• Redshirt freshman Ricardo Glenn came off the bench to score 16 points (in 16 minutes of play) against Jacksonville. He posted career-highs in both made field goals (5) and made free throws (6).
• Senior Josh Chavis is now third in school history for career three-pointers. He sank three on Sunday vs. Jacksonville and now has 193 career triples. He surpassed Luke Payne (2004-08), who had 190 career triples.
• Senior Mezie Uzochukwu sank a career-best eight field goals on Feb. 11 against North Florida and finished with a season-best 16 points.
• Freshman Babatunde Olumuyiwa has 67 blocks on the season putting him third in the single-season record books.
Today's Opponent – Belmont
Belmont enters Saturday's game winners of 15 of its last 16 games. The only loss in conference play came at Lipscomb (Jan. 25, L, 73-64).
The Bruins rallied from a seven-point deficit at halftime as they came back to down ETSU 68-58 on Thursday night.
When the Spartans and Bruins last met, Mick Hedgepeth paced Belmont with a team-high 19 points.
Ian Clark (12.3 ppg), Mick Hedgepeth (10.3 ppg) and Scott Saunders (10.3 ppg) are the offensive leaders for the Bruins. Saunders (5.8 rpg) and Hedgepeth (5.7 rpg) rank first and second on the team in rebounding.