Ty Greene scored 25 points and had seven rebounds and USC Upstate won its sixth straight game with an 80-63 victory over North Florida Thursday from the Hodge Center.
Greene was 9-for-18 from the floor and registered his seventh straight 20-point game in Atlantic Sun Conference games. The Knoxville, Tenn., native is averaging 23.7 points per game and shooting 46.3 percent from the field in league contests.
ShunQuez Stephens scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Fred Miller added 10 points and four assists as the Spartans shot 50.8 percent from the field, 58.3 percent from three-point range and outrebounded North Florida 41-28.
Chris Davenport led North Florida with 17 points while Beau Beech added 11 points.
Upstate trailed for most of the first half before building a three-point lead late in the half on three straight points from Josh Cuthbertson. Davenport put North Florida back in front by two with a three-pointer with just over a minute left, but Stephens hit a jumper with 23 seconds remaining to pull Upstate even at halftime.
The Spartans built a 60-50 lead midway through the second half before back-to-back baskets by Dallas Moore and Davenport cut the deficit to six points. That’s when Upstate used a 17-2 run that included six points from both Greene and Jacob Schulte to open up a 77-56 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
Upstate has defeated North Florida five straight times and put together its first six-game winning streak since the 2005-06 season.
The Spartans return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. when Upstate hosts Jacksonville from the Hodge Center.