GREENVILLE, S.C. – For the first time since losing to then-No. 10 Kentucky in Rupp Arena, UNC Greensboro men’s basketball dropped a game on the road as the Spartans on Thursday night fell to Furman 67-57 at Timmons Arena. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak. Additionally, the team’s consecutive victories in road action has ended at six games.
For the season, UNCG is now 22-4 and 11-2 in Southern Conference action.
As expected, it was a close game in the first half with the Paladins taking a two-point lead into the halftime break despite the Spartans shooting just 33 percent from the field. UNCG took a 9-3 lead early when Francis Alonso scored five points in the first four minutes of action. The senior, however, finished the opening frame just 2-of-7 from the field and 1-of-5 from three-point land.
Defensively, UNCG held the Paladins to just five makes on their first 15 attempts, but Furman was able to take over the lead at 25-23 with 2:20 left in the first half before going into the halftime break ahead.
While Furman built its lead up to five, 30-25, a little more than a minute into the second half, the Spartans twice tied the game back up before taking a lead with 14:32 remaining in the second half. Even though Furman once again went out in front 23 seconds later, UNCG took its biggest lead of the night at 42-36 with 11:58 remaining after Alonso made a layup.
At time, UNCG was on a 9-0 run.
The lead would change hands four more times before Furman took it over for good with seven minutes remaining in the contest.
The Spartans will return to action on Saturday night, playing Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
News And Notes
--The eight-game winning streak was the team’s longest this season. UNCG won six straight games from Nov. 13-27 and seven straight games from Dec. 7-Jan. 5. This winning streak stretched from Jan. 12-Feb. 9.
--The eight-game winning streak is tied for the third longest in program history, joining a stretch compiled by the 1995-96 team.
--The loss snapped a six-game winning streak on the road.
--UNCG had won four straight games against Furman entering the game.
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