Spartans turn back Panthers
Having John Brown and Allan Chaney both on the bench in a crucial situation proved too much for the High Point University men’s basketball team to overcome.
Chaney was sitting with a dinged shoulder when Brown picked up his fourth foul with nine minutes remaining and the Panthers trailing 57-55.
The Spartans used the absence of the Panthers’ big men to start a 5-0 run before Chaney returned less than half a minute later. The Panthers never got closer than four and fell 82-74 in the season opener for both teams, only the second time UNCG has beaten the HPU in nine meetings. The other victory also came at the Greensboro Coliseum.
“We knew what they were going to do,” HPU coach Scott Cherry said. “We just didn’t do a good job of stopping them.”
Chaney led the Panthers with 21 points. Brown had 19 while Adam Weary and Dejuan McGaughy chipped in 13 each.
The frontcourt duo of Kayle Locke and Arizona State transfer Kyle Cain scored 21 each to lead the Spartans, who went inside from the beginning.
Tyrone Outlaw had 14 off the bench while Tevon Saddler added 10. They attacked with both Chaney and Brown on the bench. Freshman backup point guard Diante Baldwin, who played at High Point Christian, helped fuel the stretch by driving for two of his eight points, and the Spartans went inside again to Locke to go up by seven with 7:32 to go.
With backup center Cliff Cornish not available because of a violation of team rules, the absence of Brown and Chaney forced Cherry to insert freshman Tarique Thompson briefly before Chaney returned.
“We need our depth,” Cherry said. “We need everybody in uniform playing.
That’s why I stress to these guys to do what you are supposed to do so we have able body out there because this could happen, we could have an injury or foul trouble. We need every single guy in that locker room to be in uniform to help us win. It’s tough to put a freshman in that kind of environment and a tough place to play.
“It’s one game and we’ve just got to get back to the practice floor and get better.”
Spartan coach Wes Miller said it didn’t matter who HPU had on the floor when it came to their offensive philosophy.
“Our game plan is simple, it was to get the ball inside,” Miller said. “We got some fouls on their big man early and then they go to their bench and you have some more opportunities.”
UNCG went inside from the start to make 6 of its first 9 shots with Locke making his first four attempts on the way to a 10-point lead at 25-15 with 6:30 left in the half.
HPU changed to a zone defense because of foul trouble and slowed down the Spartans late in the half and started attacking the basket on offense. The Panthers ended the half with a 7-1 run to trail 33-32 as Cain sat with two fouls.
HPU led just once at 41-40 on a foul shot by McGaughy with 16:18 to play. But UNCG reclaimed the lead on Outlaw’s free throws 20 second later.
UNC Greensboro 82, High Point 74
HIGH POINT (0-1)
Brown 6-10 7-11 19, Chaney 9-20 3-3 21, McGaughy 5-9 2-3 13, Edwards 0-3 0-0 0, Weary 4-8 5-8 13, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, McIntyre 0-0 0-0 0, Perez-Laham 0-1 0-0 0, Cugini 3-5 0-0 6, Wallace 0-3 2-2 2, Lindauer 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-62 19-27 74.
UNC GREENSBORO (1-0)
Locke 7-12 7-9 21, Cain 9-13 2-2 21, Saddler 3-8 4-10 10, Parker 1-1 0-0 3, Paulos 2-9 2-3 8, Baldwin 1-1 2-6 4, Byrd 0-0 0-0 0, Kuiper 0-1 0-0 0, White 0-2 1-2 1, Outlaw 3-9 7-8 14. Totals 26-56 25-40 82.
Halftime_UNC-Greensboro 33-32. 3-Point Goals_High Point 1-14 (McGaughy 1-2, Cugini 0-1, Weary 0-1, Lindauer 0-2, Wallace 0-2, Edwards 0-2, Chaney 0-4), UNC-Greensboro 5-17 (Paulos 2-9, Parker 1-1, Cain 1-1, Outlaw 1-5, Saddler 0-1). Fouled Out_Wallace, Weary. Rebounds_High Point 38 (Chaney 12), UNC-Greensboro 42 (Locke, Outlaw 9). Assists_High Point 3 (McGaughy 2), UNC-Greensboro 12 (Saddler 4). Total Fouls_High Point 27, UNC-Greensboro 21. A_5,734.