Upstate Comeback Falls Short at Winthrop

Upstate Comeback Falls Short at Winthrop

Final Stats (PDF)

Rock Hill, S.C. – Trailing by as many as 14 points in the second half, the USC Upstate men's basketball team used an 8-0 run over a 2:34 stretch to pull within three points, but Winthrop held on for an 82-74 victory Wednesday night from the Winthrop Coliseum.

A Christian Farmer dunk put Winthrop ahead 72-61 with 5:35 left in the game, but Upstate senior Torrey Craig scored four straight points and Ty Greene followed with a jumper in the paint to pull the Spartans within five points with 3:27 to play. Fred Miller picked off an Andre Smith pass and raced for a layup on the other end to leave Upstate trailing by only three with 3:11 remaining.

James Bourne converted an old fashioned three-point play on the ensuing Winthrop possession to put the Eagles ahead by six, but Craig hit his fifth three-pointer of the night on Upstate's next trip down the floor to cut the deficit back three points at 75-72.

Following turnovers by both teams, Smith hit a baseline jumper to push the Winthrop lead up to five points. Upstate was unsuccessful on its next trip down the floor, and Smith went 4-for-4 from the free throw line over the final 26 seconds to secure the victory.

Craig tied his career-high with 31 points to go along with nine rebounds, while Greene poured in 21 points and tied his career-high with seven assists. Ricardo Glenn added 14 points and three rebounds.

Smith finished with 21 points for Winthrop and was 4-for-6 from three-point range. Joab Jerome added 19 points and five rebounds, while Tevin Prescott chipped in with 10 points.

Craig scored 17 points in the first half and his three-pointer at the 12:51 put Upstate ahead 16-8 to give the Spartans their largest lead of the period. The Eagles answered with a 10-3 run over the next 2:39 to cut the Upstate lead to one point at 19-18 on a three-pointer from Jerome.

The two teams went back-and-forth for the next four minutes before the Spartans built their lead back to five points on a layup from Greene. Greene finished the first half with 15 points and had three 3-pointers. Winthrop used a basket and a pair of free throws on its next two possessions to pull back to within one point, but a trey from Greene put Upstate back ahead by four with just over four minutes remaining.

Back-to-back baskets from Prescott tied the game at 36-36 with 2:40 left on the clock, but Craig hit a three-pointer just over a minute later to give Upstate a 39-36 advantage. Smith answered on the other end with a three-pointer of his own to pull Winthrop even and leave the score tied 39-39 at the half.

USC Upstate returns to action Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on Tennessee.

Follow Upstate men's basketball all season long on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Support Those Who Support the Spartans