UNC-Greensboro advances to tourney finals

Updated: March 5, 2005, 12:21 AM ET
Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Josh Gross scored 22 points to lead UNC-Greensboro to a 73-68 win over Davidson on Friday night and a berth in the Southern Conference tournament championship.

No. 2 North seed UNC-Greensboro (18-11) will play No. 1 North seed Chattanooga, which beat Appalachian State 57-51, on Saturday night for the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Brendan Winters led No. 1 South seed Davidson (21-8), which didn't lose a regular-season league game, with 19 points. Ian Johnson scored 17 and Logan Kosmalski had 11.

Ronnie Burrell had 14 points for the Spartans, Ray Bristow had 11 and Kyle Hines 10.

The Spartans rallied from a 48-40 second-half deficit to take a 63-60 lead on a Gross layup with 3:40 left. Winters later tied the score at 66 with a reverse layup, but a Gross 3-pointer put gave UNC-Greensboro a 69-66 lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Kosmalski hit only air with a 3 that would have tied the score in the closing seconds, and Burrell hit two free throws to seal the victory.

UNC-Greensboro led by as much as 31-19 in the first half, but the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run over the final 3:16 to close within 31-26 at the break.


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