The USC Upstate men’s basketball team will face North Carolina A&T for the second time in less than a month when the Spartans host the Aggies Thursday at 7 p.m. from the Hodge Center in the final game of a five-game homestand.
Upstate has won three of its last four games following a lopsided 105-43 victory over Barber Scotia Monday night. Five Spartans scored in double figures as Upstate reached 100 points twice in the same season for the first time in the Division I era. The Spartans defeated Bob Jones University 107-41 in their third game of the season (Nov. 20).
Sophomore Michael Buchanan registered the first double-double of his career when he poured in a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Jacob Schulte added his own double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Tristan Thomas scored 17 points and hit five three-pointers.
Daniel Bridges scored 18 points and had seven rebounds and Ramel Thompkins collected a game-high 13 rebounds. The Spartans pulled down 65 total rebounds and are tied with Towson for the most in an NCAA game this season.
Offensively, Ty Greene leads the team and ranks second in the league with 16.0 points per game. Fellow guard Fred Miller stands fifth with 15.0 points per game, helping Upstate rank first in the league with 77.5 points per game. The Spartans also stand atop the conference in scoring defense by allowing just 55.5 points per game. Upstate has held three opponents to fewer than 50 points thus far this season.
North Carolina A&T has lost its last six games after opening the season with a victory over Greensboro College. The Aggies, who are in the middle of an 11-game road trip, have only scored more than 60 points once during the losing streak.
Bruce Beckford leads North Carolina A&T with 15.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Beckford was the only Aggie to score in double figures in the first meeting with Upstate, as the junior forward finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
USC Upstate is 1-0 all-time in games against North Carolina A&T and 4-0 against schools from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.