Off to its best start in school history during the Division I era, the USC Upstate men’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways Saturday at 12 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Atlanta, Ga., to face Georgia Tech from McCamish Pavilion.
Upstate picked up its seventh win of the season Thursday with a 65-54 victory over North Carolina A&T to knock off the Aggies for the second time this year. Ty Greene scored a game-high 20 points and hit four three-pointers, which included the 200th of his career, to move into fourth place on the Upstate all-time list.
Greene enters the weekend third in the Atlantic Sun with 16.5 points per game and has scored at least 20 points three times this season. The Knoxville, Tenn., native is also tops in the conference with 2.6 three-pointers per game and third with a .467 3-point field goal percentage.
Fred Miller added 10 points and a game-high five assists against the Aggies and stands sixth in the league in scoring (14.4 ppg), third in assists (3.9 apg) and second in steals (2.0 spg). As a team, Upstate is first in the A-Sun in both assists (18.1 apg) and steals (10.9 spg).
Georgia Tech has won its last three games following a 66-58 victory Wednesday at Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Yellow Jackets are 3-0 at home thus far this season and will be playing at McCamish Pavilion for the first time since Nov. 21.
Junior forward Marcus Georges-Hunt leads Georgia Tech with 11.4 points per game, while fellow junior forward Charles Mitchell pulls down a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game.
USC Upstate and Georgia Tech will meet for the first time in school history when the two teams tipoff Saturday. The Spartans were victorious in their last game against an ACC foe, as Upstate opened the 2013-14 season with a 64-63 victory at Virginia Tech to produce the school’s first-ever win over the conference.