Spartans Top Kennesaw State to Advance to A-Sun Semifinals

March 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

USC UpstateTy Greene scored 21 points and USC Upstate set a single-season school record for wins during the Division I era following a 90-54 victory over Kennesaw State Tuesday in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament semifinals.

The Spartans improved to 22-10 and surpassed the 2011-12 team for the most single-season wins in school history.

“We really wanted to change the culture of USC Upstate basketball when this senior class signed coming out of high school,” Greene said. “It’s very rewarding to know that we have elevated USC Upstate to one of the top programs in the A-Sun.”

USC UpstateShunQuez Stephens added 14 point and six rebounds and Michael Buchanan registered a double-double off the bench with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Cuthbertson finished with 11 points and Fred Miller collected a game-high eight assists.

Nigel Pruitt led Kennesaw State with 26 points and six rebounds, while Damien Wilson finished with 10 points for the Owls.

Kennesaw State made just three of its first 26 shots and USC Upstate built a 27-10 lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half. Upstate would go on to lead 42-17 at halftime when Cuthbertson hit a jumper from the wing as time expired.

Upstate held Kennesaw State to just six field goals in the first half and 16.7 percent shooting from the field and 7.1 percent from three-point range. The Owls opened the game with a three-pointer from Pruitt before missing their next 13 from beyond the arc.

The Spartans would go on to lead by as many as 39 points in the second half en route to their third straight trip to the A-Sun Tournament semifinals.

Upstate faces second-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Thursday at 7 p.m. from Alico Arena.