UNC Greensboro took their high hopes for this season and the title as the best team in the Southern Conference on the road vs 23rd Ranked LSU of the SEC. They came in having never beat an SEC school in their history.
If I told you that the Spartans shot almost 60 percent from the field and hit 19 three pointers led by a career high 32 points by Kyrin Galloway, you would almost certainly say they won the game. Well, in the case of Friday night in Baton Rouge, LA, they took a hard fought loss against a team that is incredibly athletic and skilled. There are no moral victories in sports, but this one is as close as it gets.
Coach Wes Miller echoed some of these assertions while also pointing out where the Spartans lacked in their defeat to the Tigers. “ Well I think , give credit to Will and his group. They’re really good, really gifted and proposed a lot of challenges for us on the defensive end of the floor. I thought we did some nice things offensively. I was happy with the way we shot the ball from three and some of the shots we created with our offense.”
When asked about their disadvantage on the glass, Miller was candid, “ I thought we got destroyed there, I didn’t like us on the boards on defense or offense.” Coach Miller continued, “ You look up and you make 19 threes and score 91 points and lose, that’s telling you you’re not doing some things defensively and you’re not doing something with regard to rebounding. Give LSU credit for that too.”
The Spartans certainly didn’t disappoint on the offensive side, getting 20 points from Francis Alonso, 13 from Isaiah Miller, who was 2-5 from 3pt range adding another dimension to his game. Demetrius Troy had a solid game with 11. The offensive story for the Spartans was Kyrin Galloway’s explosion on the national scene. The junior forward had his career high with 32 but along with his breakout offensive game came 4 blocks on the defensive side. It was as complete a performance as you can have.
Coach Miller was understated in defeat but optimistic about Galloway and the offensive progress he saw from his ball club.
“We think he can be a weapon for us on offense and we think he needs to step into a bigger offensive role this year. I think it will be really good for his confidence to know that he can do some of those things he’s worked hard on.” Coach Miller was understated in defeat but optimistic about Galloway and the offensive progress he saw from his ball-club.
In an arena named after a man, Pete Maravich, known for his prolific scoring, the Spartans and the Tigers didn’t disappoint. For the Spartans and their coaching staff, they hope to get back to their defensive ways starting next Tuesday evening at UNC Wilmington.
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