– Ty Greene scored 20 points and USC Upstate produced its best start in the Division I era with a 65-54 victory over North Carolina A&T Thursday evening from the Hodge Center.
Greene finished 7-for-16 from the field and hit four three-pointers, including the 200th of his career with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half. The Knoxville, Tenn., native passed former Spartan great Josh Chavis for fourth place on the all-time list with 203 career three-pointers.
Michael Buchanan came off the bench and added11 points and five rebounds, while Fred Miller scored 10 points to go along with a game-high five assists.
Khary Doby led North Carolina A&T with 13 points and six rebounds. Trey Brown added 11 points off the bench for the Aggies.
North Carolina A&T made just six field goals and went 0-for-9 from three-point range in the first half and USC Upstate used an 11-4 run to close the half to open up a 28-17 lead.
The Aggies scored the first five points of the second half to cut the Spartan deficit to six points, but Upstate used three straight baskets and a free throw to extend its lead up to 14.
Josh Cuthbertson gave Upstate a 62-41 lead with a three-pointer with 4:50 remaining, but North Carolina A&T held the Spartans without a field goal from that point on to pull within 11 in the final seconds.
Upstate improved to 2-0 this season against North Carolina A&T after posting a 63-46 victory over the Aggies Nov. 17 in Greensboro, N.C.
Upstate looks to continue its winning way when the Spartans travel to Atlanta, Ga., to face Georgia Tech Saturday at 12 p.m. from McCamish Pavilion.