UNCG Campus Weekly

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Two wins in overtime – Whew

Over the past week, the UNCG men’s basketball team kept up their winning ways – in dramatic fashion.

After last Thursday’s win in overtime against Appalachian State, a few dozen students ran onto the court to celebrate with the players. On Saturday, during an overtime win against Western Carolina, the student section was the loudest so far this year.

“I like it a lot,” said leading-scorer Trevis Simpson, referring to the vocal support. “We hear the chants.” He specifically mentioned the students’ chant during Saturday’s game: ‘I … I believe …I believe that we can win.’

“It feels good. I honestly believe it gives us more fight, to know they’re backing us…It’s good to know your school is behind you 100 percent. You can’t beat that.”

David Williams, who grabbed 18 rebounds Saturday, talked about looking up and seeing all the gold in the crowd and hearing all the cheering. “It adds to the competitive feel.”

Interim head coach Wes Miller also noted the supportive crowds, which keep growing.

“It really does mean a lot to have our fans here. And the more they come out, I hope they know the impact they have on us.” He spoke of the fans’ enthusiasm and energy. “We hope they keep coming out to support us.”

The team talked early on about how they could achieve significant things, Miller explained. They had the parts necessary.

Picked to finish fourth in the SoCon North division, they’ve worked their way to the top of the division standings, at 6-4 with a month to go. Over the past month, they’ve achieved more than many might have imagined.

“The first time we talked after the transition occurred, [I said] I believe this team had the chance to do really special things. We had big goals and dreams – we’ve never been afraid to talk about that.”

With each game, different guys have stepped up to make big plays. They have each other’s backs, he explained.

“These guys have done a nice job of coming together. And we’re not there yet, we’re not even close to where we want to be with goals and dreams…”

Asked about the winning streak, now at six games, Miller said the team did not talk about that or where they were in the standings. They focus on one game at a time. “For us, it’s the next day at practice, to get better. It’s the next game to come out here and compete.”

Three home games remain on their schedule:
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 video highlight reel of Saturday’s victory over Western Carolina – as well as a photo gallery of Thursday’s victory over Appalachian State.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English