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Deon Jones tallied 15 points Sunday against UNC Greensboro.
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Deon Jones tallied 15 points Sunday against UNC Greensboro.
Second Half Surge Pushes UNCG Past Tigers
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 11/20/2011
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – UNC Greensboro drilled nine second half three-point field goals to break open a close game in a 72-60 win over Towson Sunday in the Maui on the Mainland Regional consolation game.

The Tigers (0-4) shot 55 percent from the floor, but committed a season-high 28 turnovers. The Spartans (2-3) held a dominant 31-2 advantage in points off turnovers and a 40-5 edge in bench points.

Three Tigers scored in double figures led by Robert Nwankwo’s 17 points. The senior shot 7-of-10 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Deon Jones had the best game of his young career, hitting for 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and also pulling down seven boards.

UNC Greensboro was paced by Nick Paulos, who tallied 21 of his game-high 25 points in the second half. The Spartan guard went 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.

Nwankwo posted nine of Towson’s first 12 points and the Tigers jumped out to an early five-point lead at the 13:21 mark. The Spartans responded, scoring the next eight points to take a three point lead.

A Kris Walden jumper tied the game at 21 as the squads went into the intermission. The Tigers shot 53.3 percent from the field in the opening half, but 14 turnovers and 4-of-12 free throw shooting kept the Spartans in the contest.

Towson looked sharp at the beginning of the second stanza. A lay-up by Jones and a Marcus Damas triple staked the Tigers to a 26-21 lead and forced UNCG into a timeout just two minutes into the period.

From that point on though, the Spartans began to catch fire from deep. Paulos canned four consecutive three-point field goals to spark a 32-14 UNC Greensboro run. The Spartan lead grew to as many as 19 with just under four minutes remaining.

Towson ended the game on a 12-5 run, but could not cut the UNC Greensboro lead back to single digits.

After beginning the season with four straight games away from home, the Tigers return to the Towson Center on Saturday, Nov. 26 to take on Oregon State from the Pac-12. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN 3 or fans can listen to all the coverage on WBAL.

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