Men’s Basketball Preview: at Gardner-Webb

Men’s Basketball Preview:  at Gardner-Webb

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team returns to the road in conference play on Saturday evening as the Spartans travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to face the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs at 5 p.m. from Paul Porter Arena.

USC Upstate (5-12, 0-2 Big South) played its first-ever Big South home game on Thursday evening falling 79-72 to Radford. Malik Moore, Deion Holmes and Everette Hammond all scored in double-figures for the Spartans led by Moore and Holmes with 13 points each. Hammond came off the bench to record 10 points. Dalvin White set a new career-high offensively with nine points on three 3-pointers.

USC Upstate finished the game shooting 50.0 percent from the field and made 10 3-pointers. The Spartans also held a 34-10 advantage in bench points.

Moore leads USC Upstate this season with 16.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the Big South in shooting (49.8 percent) and fifth in both scoring and rebounding. Holmes contributes 14.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while Jure Span leads the team with 3.8 assists per contest.

Gardner-Webb (10-6, 0-1 Big South) has four players averaging in double-figures led by David Efianayi with 16.8 points per game. Jose Perez adds 16.5 points per game, DJ Laster 13.1 and Nate Johnson 10.2. Laster leads the team in rebounding with 5.7 per game. The Runnin' Bulldogs are under the direction of sixth-year head coach Tim Craft.

The Spartans are facing Gardner-Webb for the 24th time in program history with USC Upstate leading the all-time series 12-11. The teams are meeting for the second time this season as Gardner-Webb defeated the Spartans 74-61 on November 28 in Spartanburg.

Fans can follow the action on 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, January 16 to face High Point at 7 p.m.

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