Spartans Trek West to Lipscomb

January 12, 2015 at 1:25 pm

In the midst of the first five-game winning streak during the Division I era, the USC Upstate men’s basketball team travels to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Lipscomb Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. EST from Allen Arena.

USC Upstate (13-4, 1-0) opened conference play Saturday with a 68-65 victory over Kennesaw State to improve to 9-1 at home this season. Ty Greene scored 18 points and had four steals to lead three players in double figures. Fred Miller had 16 points and six assists and Mario Blessing added 10 points and four assists.

ShunQuez Stephens pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with four assists and Michael Buchanan added eight points and 10 rebounds. Upstate finished the game with a 37-34 edge in rebounding and an 18-11 advantage in assists.

Individually, Greene enters the week ranked first in the league in points (17.5 ppg) and steals (2.8 spg), as the Spartans stand second in the league in scoring (72.1 ppg) and first in steals (10.5 spg). Miller is ninth in the conference with 12.7 points per game and fourth with 3.8 assists per game.

Stephens stands third in the conference with 5.7 rebounds, while Buchanan paces the league with 2.1 offensive rebounds per game. As a team, Upstate is second in the A-Sun with 37.2 rebounds per game and first with 13.2 offensive rebounds per game.

Lipscomb (7-9, 1-0) picked up its second straight win Saturday following an 80-61 victory over Northern Kentucky. The Bisons improved to 5-1 at home and have not lost at Allen Arena since falling 87-62 to crosstown rival Belmont on Nov. 17.

Sophomore Josh Williams leads the team and ranks third in the A-Sun with 15.1 points per game. Malcolm Smith is second on the team with 13.1 points and Martin Smith stands third with 11.9 points. Williams also owns a team-high 5.3 rebounds per game.

USC Upstate and Lipscomb will be meeting on the hardwood for the 15th time when the two schools tipoff Tuesday. The all-time series is tied 7-7 after both schools won on their home floors last season. Upstate, however, has won five of the last six meetings with Lipscomb and two of the last three inside Allen Arena.

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