Spartans Top Lipscomb to Clinch A-Sun Tournament Home Game

February 26, 2015 at 5:42 am

Ty Greene scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead USC Upstate to a 70-47 victory over Lipscomb Wednesday at the Hodge Center.

Greene added five three-pointers and moved into sixth place on the Upstate all-time single season list with 81. The Knoxville, Tenn., native is tops in the conference in scoring with 20.1 points per game and leads the A-Sun with 16 games of at least 20 points.

ShunQuez Stephens tied a career-high with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds as Upstate outrebounded Lipscomb 51-36. Fred Miller added nine points, six rebounds and five assists to help the Spartans accumulate 18 assists.

USC Upstate used a combined 12 points from Greene and Stephens over the first five minutes of the game to build an early 12-1 advantage. A layup from Chad Lang late in the half pulled Lipscomb within five, but Greene responded with a three-pointer to push the lead back to eight.

Talbott Denny scored the final points of the half to cut the Upstate lead to six at halftime.

Greene scored the first five points of the second half to help the Spartans build a 37-26 lead at the 18:27 mark. Josh Williams’s free throw at the 10:28 mark trimmed the Upstate lead to 12 points, but the Spartans used a 15-5 run to open a 64-42 lead with just under four minutes remaining.

Upstate took its biggest lead of the game minutes later on a layup from Stephens following an outlet pass from Mario Blessing.

Lipscomb managed just seven field goals in the second half and shot 21.2 percent from the field, allowing Upstate to hold its seventh opponent of the season under 50 points.

Williams led Lipscomb with 15 points and Lang had a team-high nine rebounds.

Upstate clinched the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and will play at least one home game. The victory also tied the school record for the most wins in a season during the Division I era with 21.

Upstate closes the regular season Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Highland Heights, Ky., to face Northern Kentucky from The Bank of Kentucky Center.