Only two games on the Thursday roster, as the Spartans travel to Macon, and the military school rivalry continues, this time in Charleston, SC. The Spartans will be playing to keep pace with the Paladins who knocked off the Mocs yesterday in Travelers Rest. The Keydets are looking to pick up that first conference win, and nothing would be better than that win coming the South Carolina low country.
7:00 PM Watch on ESPN+ UNCG (14-9, 8-2 SoCon) at Mercer (11-12, 4-6 SoCon) Hawkins Arena - Macon, GA
7:00 PM Watch on ESPN+ VMI (5-18, 0-10 SoCon) at The Citadel (9-14, 4-6 SoCon) McAlister Field House - Charleston, SC
"Go Cats" - in honor of Catamount man / Pickins
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” —Thomas Jefferson
It was not a good night for the home teams in the SoCon Thursday night. The Spartans remain tied for first place with Furman and Samford with a win over the Bears in Macon. While the Spartans remain tied for first, at the other end of the standing, VMI pulled out their first conference victory of the season, on the road in Charleston. I'm sure there's a lot of happy Keydets on the 6-hour bus ride back to Lexington.
UNCG 69 - Mercer 49 The UNCG men's basketball team extended its SoCon road record to 5-0 behind a 69-49 victory over Mercer on Thursday night in Hawkins Arena. The Spartans, Samford, and Furman remain in a three-way tie for first with a SoCon record of 9-2. This was the 10th win of the season by double figures for the Spartans. Graduate student Mohammed Abdulsalam recorded his second double-double of the season and third of his career with 15 points and matched his career-best with 16 rebounds. Both were team highs. The first time Abdulsalam had 16 rebounds was an 80-81 loss to Western Carolina on February 24, 2021.
VMI 75 - The Citadel 69 Working hard to earn an elusive win in conference play, the VMI basketball team registered its first Southern Conference victory of the season by defeating rival The Citadel by a 75-69 count Thursday night at McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina. The win is the first conference game victory for VMI head coach Andrew Wilson, who also picked up his first career road victory at the helm. It also snapped a 12-game losing skid for the Keydets, who opened SoCon play 0-10 between late December and through the month of January. In a game that featured nine ties and 12 lead changes, the Keydets (6-18, 1-10) overcame an 11-point deficit early in the second half to come back and earn the win.