The Spartans derail the Ospreys yet again: North Florida drops to no. 2 in A-Sun


Joslyn Simmons

The University of North Florida Ospreys stumbled in their second Atlantic Sun Conference loss against the University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans with an 80-63 loss tonight, Feb. 12. The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles now hold the top spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

On the road at the G. B. Hodge Center in Spartanburg, S.C., the Ospreys (15-11, 7-2) led for a majority of the first half over the Spartans (19-7, 6-3). With seconds before halftime, the Spartans’ ShunQuez Stephens tied the game with a jumper to tie the game at 36. After halftime the Spartans–with the help of their consistent hot hand, Ty Greene–continued to add to their lead over the Ospreys. Ty Greene, Spartan senior guard from Knoxville, Tenn., had 25 points for the night.

UNF would come back in the second half and reduce the deficit to six points before USC Upstate would dominate the remainder of the game.

UNF’s Chris Davenport, sophomore starting forward, went 8-12 from the field and tallied a total of 17 points for the night. Beau Beech, Osprey junior starting forward, went 4-for-4 from the free throw line and contributed 11 points on the night. The Ospreys’ bench scored a total of 21 points in the losing effort.

Next on the Ospreys’ schedule is a match against the Kennesaw State Owls (9-17, 3-6) on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m in Kennesaw, Ga. This will be the last stop on their weekend road trip.

*2/13/2015 at 1:30 p.m. – Updated with video

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