Men's Basketball Returns To Action Sunday At James Madison
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's basketball return to the court Sunday afternoon for the first time in over two weeks as the Spartans travel to Harrisonburg, Va., for a non-conference meeting against James Madison of the Colonial Athletic Association.
Sunday's game marks the fifth meeting all-time between the Spartans and the Dukes with James Madison leading the series by a 4-0 margin. The two teams will be meeting for the first time since Nov. 20, 1999 when KMU posted a 77-64 victory at home over the Spartans. The teams also met once during the 1983-84 season and twice in the 1969-70 campaign.
The game will also be a homecoming of sorts for UNCG head coach Wes Miller who began his collegiate playing career at James Madison. Miller played 30 games in his freshman season for the Dukes in the 2003-04 season, averaging 17.2 minutes per game. He averaged 4.1 points per game and hit 33 three-pointers, which ranked third on the team.
UNCG enters Sunday's game with a 2-5 overall record after taking time off for final exams and will be playing its first game outside the state of North Carolina. The Spartans posted a 30-point victory in their Southern Conference opener over The Citadel Dec. 1, shooting 58.9 percent (33-of-56) from the field and 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from three-point land in the victory.
Junior Trevis Simpson (Douglas, Ga./Coffee) leads the Spartans and the SoCon in scoring at 19.3 points per game while adding 4.6 rebounds per contest. Simpson became the 19th player in UNCG men's basketball history and the third fastest player to reach the 1,000-career point mark last time out against The Citadel as he scored 14 points to raise his career total to 1,003 points in 64 career games.
Senior guard Derrell Armstrong (Mechanicsville, Md./Allegany CC) is second on the team in scoring at 15.0 points per game, which ranks eighth in the SoCon. Freshman forward Kayel Locke (Owings Mill, Md./McDonogh) is third on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game while senior forward Kelvin McNeil (Newport News, Va./Delaware) leads the team on the glass at 7.4 rebounds per game.
James Madison enters Sunday's game with a 3-6 mark on the year and will be wrapping up its five-game home stand Sunday. The Dukes have defeated Youngstown State, Winthrop and East Tennessee State this year while dropping games to UCLA, Duquesne, North Dakota State, Miami (OH), George Washington and most recently Richmond. JMU suffered an 83-82 overtime loss to the Spiders Dec. 8, despite four players in double figures scoring.
Rayshawn Goins leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game while also leading the team on the glass at 7.0 rebounds per game. Andre Nation is second on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game while leading the team with 23 steals, 14 blocks and 12 three-pointers. Additionally, Devon Moore has dished out a team-high 40 assists while posting 19 steals. Moore scored a team-high 19 points in the loss to Richmond.
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