UNCG beats VMI, sets up championship showdown
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) RJ White scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and UNC Greensboro beat VMI 74-67 on Saturday night to set up a title-showdown matchup with East Tennessee State.
The Spartans (22-8, 13-4) host ETSU (14-3) Monday night for the No. 1 seed to the Southern Conference Tournament. If UNCG wins there would be a three-way with Furman (14-4) atop the league but the Spartans hold the tiebreaker.
White picked up his third double-double this season in helping UNCG collect its 22nd victory, the second-most in program history with its 13 SoCon wins a program record. The Spartans have their third six-game win streak of the season.
Francis Alonso scored 17 points and Marvin Smith and James Dickey added 10 each for UNCG, which scored 21 points off 15 turnovers.
QJ Peterson scored 22 points, Trey Chapman 17 and Adrian Rich 12 for the Keydets (6-22, 3-14). Julian Eleby grabbed 12 rebounds.
Dickey’s dunk with 6:15 to go gave UNCG the lead for good but the win wasn’t secured until the Spartans made three free throws in the final 28 seconds while VMI missed three 3-point tries.
The game time was pushed back two hours because more than half the UNCG team – players and coaches – were dealing with flu-like symptoms over the previous 36 hours.