UNC Greensboro Extends Streak
UNC Greensboro extended its program record home winning streak to 14 games after blowing out winless Coppin State on Wednesday night.
“We’re not who we need to be,” UNCG coach Wes Miller said, “because we’re missing the best defensive player I’ve probably ever coached. That’s affected us in more ways than people understand. But the process of trying to figure out how to be a good defensive team without him on the floor is making us address some issues that maybe were disguised because of James Dickey.”
Kaleb Hunter and Eric Hamilton each scored 17 points in the win. Hunter made all six of his field goals including three from long range and both free throws, and Hamilton was 11 of 15f rom the free-throw line.
“We’re trying to figure out who we are defensively without James Dickey on the floor,” Miller said. “That process is going to make us better. We were better tonight and more engaged defensively than we were at Elon last Friday. I’m not pleased with where we are, but the process is helping us improve.
Dickey, UNCG’s 6-foot-10 junior shot-blocker and rebounder, watched from the bench in a white polo shirt, gray pants and a bulky, protective walking boot on left foot.
Last season’s Southern Conference defensive player of the year missed his second consecutive game after injuring Lisfranc ligaments when Kentucky’s Reid Travis stepped on Dickey’s foot Dec. 1.