Men's Basketball Pulls Away From Averett, 80-66

Andre Porter - Courtesy Alta Sky

A late first half surge helped the Greensboro College men's basketball team handle Averett on Wednesday, 80-66.  The Pride, who are in the middle of a four team logjam in the USA South standings, move their record to 15-9 overall and 6-5 in the conference heading into the regular season finale on Saturday.

Greensboro's big run began at the 10:16 mark in the first half, trailing 23-20.  A Brock Moorman jumper kicked off a 13-0 sprint that gave The Pride a 33-23 lead with 5:51 left on the clock.  The margin would grow to as large as 45-28 as Greensboro cruised into the break on top 49-33.

The advantage would grow to 19 in the early minutes of the second half before the Cougars trimmed the gap to as little as 58-47 with 11:52 to play.

The Pride again went on another spurt, largely thanks to the work of Andre Porter.  Over the course of a nearly five and a half minute, 16-3 run, Porter tallied eight points and an assist.  Following an Averett bucket, Chakiris Moss nailed a three to give Greensboro its largest lead of the night at 77-52 with 5:48 remaining in the game.

Porter tied a season high in scoring with 12 points, finishing alongside Damian Dixon and Devonta Davis, whom both contributed 12 apiece as well.  Moss also had a stellar night for The Pride, scoring six points while dishing out seven assists.

As a team, Greensboro shot 49% from the field and knocked home 11 threes on 26 attempts.  The Pride held a slight 36-35 advantage on the boards and forced the Cougars into 23 mistakes.

Greensboro will wrap-up its regular season this Saturday at home against Shenandoah.  Tip-off for the Senior Day festivities will begin at 4 p.m.  Following Saturday's match-up, The Pride will learn their final seeding heading into Tuesday's USA South tournament opener.