SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – Ramel Thompkins tied his career high with 22 points, including five 3-pointers, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five assists, Michael Buchanan became the 13th player in SC Upstate history with 1,000 career points and the Spartans cruised to a 93-67 win over NAIA Allen on Friday.
Buchanan, a 7-foot senior who scored 21 on 9-of-12 shooting and had nine rebounds, has 1,009 career points. Josh Cuthbertson tied career bests with five 3s, 22 points and nine rebounds.
Allen scored eight points in a row to pull within four midway through the first half, but Thompkins and Cuthbertson hit three 3s apiece in the last 7 ½ minutes as SC Upstate (9-7) built a 56-31 lead at the break and cruised from there. The Spartans hit 11 3s and, despite having just one more (11) offensive rebound that Allen, outscored the Yellow Jackets 17-4 on second-chance points in the first half.
Demetrius Richardson led Allen with 16 points. Loce Hill added nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
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