Simpson’s dunk caps wild finish as UNCG nips The Citadel, 67-66
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CHARLESTON, S.C.—Trevis Simpson's alley-oop dunk with three-tenths of a second remaining lifted UNCG to a wild 67-66 win over Southern Conference foe The Citadel, Saturday at McAlister Fieldhouse.
Simpson's game-winner capped a furious end to a nip-and-tuck game which featured six ties and 12 lead changes.
After leading by as many as eight points in the second half, the Spartans (4-14 overall, 2-4 SoCon) found themselves trailing 64-63 after The Citadel's Mike Groselle made a layup with 18 seconds left.
UNCG regained the lead when Derrell Armstrong hit a runner with eight seconds remaining, giving the Spartans a 65-64 advantage. But the Bulldogs' Devontae Wright took the inbounds pass and raced the length of the court for an 18-foot jumper to make it 66-65 as the clock apparently expired.
After reviewing the play, officials put nine-tenths of a second back on the clock. Following a timeout, UNCG's Nicholas Paulos threw a length-of-the-court pass which was intercepted by Groselle. But instead of holding on to the ball, Groselle batted it out of bounds with time still remaining.
Another officials' review followed and the clock was reset to :0.5, but the Spartans were awarded the ball in front of their own bench. Drew Parker threw a perfect pass to Simpson, who rose above all defenders for a two-handed slam.
More reviews ensued and the basket was deemed good. The Citadel was give one last chance with :0.2 on the clock, but their full-court pass was intercepted by UNCG's David Williams, sealing the win for the Spartans.
The victory not only gave UNCG back-to-back victories for the first time all season, the Spartans also swept a SoCon road trip for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
The Citadel led by as many as eight points (34-26) in the first half before settling for a 36-32 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs never stretched their lead past six points in the second half.
Simpson finished with a team-high 19 points for UNCG, shooting 6-of-12 from the field and making 6-of-7 free throws. Korey Van Dussen tied a season-high with 13 points, adding four assists and three steals.
Groselle lead Citadel with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds. Wright chipped in with 10 points.
UNCG shot 46 percent from the field, their second-best effort of the season. The Spartans were 18-of-22 from the line, also a season-best.
The Citadel shot 50 percent from the field, including an 8-of-13 effort from 3-point range. The Bulldogs out-rebounded UNCG, 31-27.
UNCG next opens a five-game home stand by hosting Chattanooga, 7 p.m., Thursday, January 19 at Greensboro Coliseum.