Men’s Basketball Preview: at Classic at Portland

Men’s Basketball Preview:  at Classic at Portland

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team concludes a four-game road trip this week traveling to Portland, Ore. for the Classic at Portland hosted by Portland at the Chiles Center.

The Spartans will face Portland, Texas State and Cal Poly in the three-day tournament starting on Wednesday and concluding on Saturday. USC Upstate faces Portland at 10 p.m. EST on Wednesday evening and Texas State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Spartans wrap up tournament play on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. EST against Cal Poly.

USC Upstate (1-2) started its four-game road trip on Nov. 14 with a 78-72 loss at VMI. Malik Moore led four Spartans in double-figures with 17 points while Everette Hammond added a career-high 16. Bryson Mozone set two career-highs with 10 points and a team-leading seven rebounds. Jure Span tallied 10 points, six assists and four steals.

USC Upstate finished the game shooting 46.9 percent (30-of-64) from the field including a 17-for-33 (51.5 percent) mark in the second half. The Spartans also led 42-26 in points in the paint, 7-6 in second chance points and 19-11 in fast break points.

Moore is averaging a team-high 17.7 points per game this season for USC Upstate while Hammond adds 14.3 per contest. Moore also leads the team in rebounding at 6.0 per game while Span dishes out a team-best 3.7 assists per game.

Portland enters the tournament with a 3-2 overall record while Texas State is 2-1 and Cal Poly 1-2.

The Spartans are facing Portland and Cal Poly for the first time in program history. USC Upstate leads Texas State 1-0 in the all-time series after winning the first meeting, 82-74, on Nov. 20, 2011 at the UTPA Tip-off Classic in Edinburg, Texas.

Fans can follow the action on via live stats. The games against Texas State and Cal Poly are being streamed on YouTube while Wednesday's opener against Portland can be seen on TheW.TV. Updates will also be posted on the USC Upstate men's basketball Twitter page (@UpstateMB).

The Spartans return home on Wednesday, Nov. 28 for a non-conference game against Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m.

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