Buchanan Powers Upstate Over Barber Scotia

December 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – Michael Buchanan had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead USC Upstate to a 105-43 victory over Barber Scotia Monday night from the Hodge Center.

Buchanan went 10-for-12 from the field and Upstate finished the game shooting 53.2 percent, hitting 42-of-79 shots from the field.

Jacob Schulte finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, while Ramel Thompkins added nine points and 13 rebounds to help Upstate hold a 65-26 rebounding advantage.

Tristan Thomas hit five three-pointers and finished with 17 points and a career-best seven assists. Daniel Bridges made his first career start and scored 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Upstate used its size and speed to control action from the opening tip while holding the Sabers to 29.0 percent shooting and nine field goals in the first half. Barber Scotia made just five field goals in the second half and went the final 6:49 making just two free throws.

The Spartans have now held three opponents to fewer than 50 points this season and are allowing just 55.5 points per game. Additionally, Upstate leads the A-Sun in scoring with 77.5 points per game and is outscoring opponents by an average of 22.0 points.

Upstate reached 100 points in a game for the second time this season, as the Spartans defeated Bob Jones University 107-41 earlier this season. It’s the first time since the 2004-05 season that an Upstate team has scored 100 points twice in the same season.

Walter Jackson led Barber Scotia with 15 points and eight rebounds. ShaQuille Wilson also scored in double figures with 11 points.

The Spartans return to the hardwood Thursday at 7 p.m. when Upstate hosts North Carolina A&T from the Hodge Center.

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