Spartans Return Home to Host St. Andrews

February 3, 2015 at 11:05 am

On the heels of a three-game winning streak, the USC Upstate men’s basketball team returns home to play its final non-conference game of the regular season Tuesday at 7 p.m. against St. Andrews from the Hodge Center.

Upstate is coming off a successful road trip that saw the Spartans register wins against Jacksonville and North Florida to improve to 4-3 in league play. The Spartans sit in third place in the conference standings at the halfway point of the Atlantic Sun schedule.

The Spartans opened last week with a 78-65 win at Jacksonville behind the 22 points of Ty Greene. Michael Buchanan added 14 points and seven rebounds to help Upstate secure its first win at Jacksonville since 2009.

Upstate wrapped up the road trip with a thrilling come-from-behind victory Saturday against first place North Florida. Greene turned in a career-high 39 points and eight three-pointers to help Upstate erase an 11-point deficit en route to a 79-74 win. Fred Miller scored 17 points and had a career-high eight rebounds as Upstate dealt North Florida its first A-Sun loss of the year.

Greene was rewarded with A-Sun Player of the Week accolades for the second straight week and fourth overall, making him the first A-Sun player since the 2010-11 season to win the award four times in the same season. The Knoxville, Tenn., native is also the first Spartan in the Division I era with five straight games with at least 20 points. Greene enters the week first in the league and 23rd in the NCAA with 19.5 points per game.

St. Andrews snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 73-70 victory over Bluefield College. USC Upstate will be the fourth Division I opponent for the Knights this season.

Senior guard Aaron Smith leads St. Andrews with 16.4 points per game and 1.9 steals per game, while Ryan Outar is tops on the team with 9.4 rebounds per game.

USC Upstate and St. Andrews will be meeting on the hardwood for the second time when the two schools tipoff Tuesday. Upstate won the only previous meeting, 91-83, on Jan. 3, 1998. The Spartans are a perfect 3-0 this season against their non-Division I opponents and are winning by an average of 58.0 points per game.