UNCG Head Coach Wes Miller cheers after taking the lead.What a trip – road trip, that is.

The men’s basketball team traveled to South Carolina with relatively few wins. They upset Bobby Cremins’ College of Charleston. Then they defeated The Citadel in one of the wildest finishes seen this season, involving an alley-oop dunk in the last half second.

Guard Drew Parker, who threw the game-winning assist to high-leaping Trevis Simpson, talked about the great feeling the team had afterward. “We hadn’t had a two-game winning streak in a long time.”

They returned to Greensboro for a five-game homestand – where they then defeated Chattanooga, Samford, Appalachian State and Western Carolina. [Click on the latter three to see video highlights.]

In the Appalachian State contest, they rallied from a 17-point deficit and sent it into overtime. As they won in exciting fashion, jubilant fans cheered with the team on the court.

No matter what happens…they just keep fighting.

With that victory, they matched last year’s win total with more than a month left in the season.

The Western Carolina game went into overtime as well, with UNCG taking the victory. Players afterward remarked on how loud and supportive the fans were during the game.

Interim basketball coach Wes Miller recently said about his team, “No matter what happens – and that’s off the court or on the floor this year – they just keep fighting. They just keep coming together even more and believing in one another. And that’s what I’m most proud of.”

One highlight of the season was Trevis Simpson’s reverse, alley-oop dunk that was an ESPN SportsCenter play of the day. (It necessitated repair to the rim.) But aggressive defense and great effort and teamwork have been major factors in their recent success.

Their remaining home games are:

The Citadel – Thursday, Feb. 2 – 7 p.m.
College of Charleston – Wednesday, Feb. 15 – 7 p.m.
Wofford – Tuesday, Feb. 21 – 7 p.m.

For ticket information and news about the team, visit the Spartan Athletic web site.

See slideshow of overtime victory over Appalachian State:

By Mike Harris, University Relations

Photography by Chris English, University Relations