Spartans Look to Keep Pace in A-Sun Race with Two-Game Road Swing
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team (9-8, 3-2 Atlantic Sun) is set to return to the state of Florida, this time facing a pair of conference teams from Jacksonville. Upstate will open the two-game swing at North Florida (9-9, 3-2) Saturday night at 7 p.m.
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• Upstate's five-game home winning streak was snapped with a 73-66 setback against Mercer (1/9/12).
• Torrey Craig was named the A-Sun Player of the Week (1/10/12) after averaging 24.7 points and 8.3 rebounds over a span of three games. Craig posted a new career-high with 29 points at ETSU (1/4/12), followed by totals of 28 points (Kennesaw State) and 17 points (Mercer).
• Ricardo Glenn finished 7-for-10 from the floor against Mercer (1/9/12) as the RS-Sophomore finished with 16 points and tied a game-high with seven rebounds.
• Jodd Maxey reached the double-figure scoring column for the third consecutive contest with 11 points vs. Mercer (1/9/12). The RS-Sophomore also grabbed six rebounds and recorded two steals.
• With the victory over Kennesaw State (W, 68-53, 1/7/12) at the Hodge Center, Upstate has now won 10 consecutive home conference openers.
• Torrey Craig tallied 28 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and eighth of his career as Upstate downed Kennesaw State (1/7/12). His 10 field goals were the most for Upstate in more than a year; Craig connected on 11 field goal attempts last season at Kennesaw State (1/3/11). The sophomore also sank five triples for the second consecutive contest.
• Jodd Maxey set new career highs in points (14) and field goals made (7), while tying career marks in rebounds (8) and blocks (2) in the Spartans 15-point win over the Owls (1/7/12).
• Against Kennesaw State (1/7/12), Ty Greene set a new career-best with seven assists, while posting 10 points for his eighth double-figure scoring effort of the season.
• Shane Porchea logged 13 minutes of action against Kennesaw State (1/7/12). Porchea tallied three points in his first outing since the Spartans' contest at No. 2 Ohio State (12/14/11).
• Torrey Craig posted a career-high 29 points at ETSU (1/4/12). Craig, who scored 25 points in the final 20 minutes, was 9-of-16 from the floor, 5-of-11 from beyond the arc and 6-of-8 at the charity stripe.
• Three other Spartans joined Craig in double-figures at ETSU (1/4/12): Mario Blessing (11), Jodd Maxey (11) and Ty Greene (10). Blessing, Maxey and Greene combined for nine of Upstate's 12 assists against the Bucs.
• Torrey Craig provided a spark for the Spartans in the second-half at South Carolina. Craig canned four triples and finished the final period with 16 points as the Spartans comeback attempt fell just short (L, 66-72, 12/31/11). For the game, Craig made seven field goals, including four threes.
• Jodd Maxey had a solid performance at South Carolina (12/31/11) as he finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four steals, two assists and one block.
Today's Opponent – North Florida
North Florida, who enters Saturday night's contest with a 4-4 record following a loss, had its two-game A-Sun win-streak snapped Monday night with a 68-64 loss at Stetson.
Prior to the loss to the Hatters, the Ospreys had wins over Lipscomb (W, 82-61, 1/4/12) and Florida Gulf Coast (W, 88-81 (OT), 1/7/12). UNF rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to surge past FGCU in Fort Myers, Fla.
UNF, a team that features just 10 players, has four players averaging double-digit scoring in 2011-12. Parker Smith, who is normally the first substitute off of the bench, leads the squad with 11.7 points per contest.
Joining Smith in the double-figure scoring column are: Jerron Granberry (10.8), Andy Diaz (10.2) and Travis Wallace (10.1). Wallace, the reigning A-Sun Newcomer of the week, owns the team lead with 5.9 rebounds per contest.