Men’s Basketball Preview: at Western Michigan

Men’s Basketball Preview:  at Western Michigan

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team returns to the road on Saturday afternoon as the Spartans travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a 2 p.m. tipoff against the Western Michigan Broncos at University Arena.

USC Upstate (1-6) played its second home game of the season on Wednesday evening and dropped a 74-61 non-conference decision to Gardner-Webb at Eddie and Ann Payne Arena in the G.B. Hodge Center. Deion Holmes led all players offensively with a game-high 18 points to go with eight rebounds. Nevin Zink just missed on his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high nine rebounds. Jure Span dished out a game-high five assists.

The Spartans finished the game shooting 35.1 percent (20-of-57) from the field and held a 23-10 advantage in second chance points.

Malik Moore leads USC Upstate offensively this season averaging a team-high 12.9 points per game. Holmes contributes 12.8 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game. Span dishes out a team-leading 4.3 assists per game.

Western Michigan currently sits at 4-3 on the season after falling to Nicholls State 62-61 on Nov. 24 at the Emerald Coast Classic. Seth Dugan leads three players in double-figures scoring with 18.9 points per game while also averaging a team-high 10.6 rebounds per contest. The Broncos are under the direction of 16th-year head coach Steve Hawkins.

The Spartans are facing Western Michigan for the first time in program history.

Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. The game is being streamed via paid subscription on ESPN+. Updates will also be posted on the USC Upstate men's basketball Twitter page (@UpstateMB).

The Spartans remain on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 5 traveling to Eastern Kentucky for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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