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SLIAC Game of the Week: Spalding at Principia

SLIAC Game of the Week: Spalding at Principia

At a Glance

This week's SLIAC Game of the Week is between Spalding University and Principia College in the men's basketball conference opener for both teams. The two teams were separated by just four points in this year's coaches preseason poll with Spalding ranking 6th and Principia 7th. Spalding will visit Principia on Thursday, November 29 with tip at 7 p.m. 

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Principia College 'PANTHERS'

Principia has started the year with a 1-3 record, defeating Knox 89-76 in their season opener. However, since that win, the Panthers have dropped three straight. They are averaging 75.8 points per game this season, shooting 45-percent from the field while averaging 6.3 three's per game. 

The Panthers duo of Micah Paulson and Trevaughn Goodman pace the offense. Paulson is averaging 29.3 points per game and is hitting on 44-percent of his three-point attempts. Goodman is an athletic guard that lives in the paint. He is averaging 27.7 points per game and shooting 60-percent from the floor while averaging a team-high 4.7 assists per game. Freshman Clark Davidson is the second tallest player on the team (6'5") and leads the team at 7.8 rebounds per game to go with his 7.0 points per game.


Spalding University 'GOLDEN EAGLES'

Spalding is off to a slow start after beginning the year with three straight losses. The Golden Eagles saw a four-point halftime lead disappear in their last outing, eventually falling 71-65 to Berea. Spalding is averaging just 52 points per game, although that is skewed after being held to just 36 points by Division I foe Murray State.

Marcus Montgomery is the team's leading scorer at 11.7 points per game while Dominique Ellis is just behind at 11.3 points. The Golden Eagles have struggled shooting from the outside this year, hitting just 25-percent of their three-point shots as a team. Robert Bendingfield is third on the team in scoring (7.3 ppg) and leads the team with 2.7 assists per game while Ellis and Troy Amanor are tied for the team lead at 5.3 rebounds per game.


Last Meeting
Principia defeated Spalding 80-63 in the final regular season game for both teams last year. The two teams were separated by just five points at halftime but then the Panthers exploded for 50 points in the second half. Micah Paulson led Principia with 36 points while Spalding was led by Dominique Ellis with 16 points.

Game Notes

  • Spalding leads the all-time series against Principia 16-2 with the two teams splitting the regular season series in each of the last two years.
  • Principia's Micah Paulson leads the SLIAC in scoring average with teammate Trevaughn Goodman ranking second. 
  • Dominique Ellis is the only Golden Eagle to score in double digits in all three games this season. 
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