Spartans Roll to Fourth Straight Win

February 4, 2015 at 11:02 am

Michael Buchanan had 19 points and 11 rebounds and USC Upstate beat St. Andrews 79-39 Tuesday from the Hodge Center for its fourth straight win.

Buchanan, who is first in the Atlantic Sun with four double-doubles, helped Upstate hold a 57-28 rebounding edge and a 42-16 advantage in points in the paint. Buchanan also registered nine offensive rebounds as Upstate outscored St. Andrews 22-4 in second chance points.

Ty Greene finished with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and Fred Miller added 11 points and eight assists. Josh Cuthbertson scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench.

Titus Gary led St. Andrews with 10 points and Williams Smith had seven rebounds.

USC Upstate held St. Andrews to just five field goals over the opening 12 minutes of the first half and built a 24-10 lead after a layup from Buchanan at the 7:44 mark. The Knights managed only one basket and were outscored 18-3 during the final 3:52 as the Spartans opened up a 51-18 lead at halftime.

The Spartans would go on to lead by as many as 40 points in the second half en route to their 13th double digit victory of the season. Upstate is winning by an average of 20.5 points per game during its winning streak.

Upstate resumes conference play Saturday at 3 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Kennesaw, Ga., to face Kennesaw State.