UNC Greensboro didn't need a buzzer-beating slam dunk for this victory over The Citadel's basketball team.
UNCG sent the Bulldogs to their seventh straight loss with a more routine 82-71 win Thursday night at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
Trevis Simpson, the dunking hero of the Spartans' 67-66 win at The Citadel on Jan. 14, scored 23 points to lead resurgent UNCG to its seventh straight victory.
Mike Groselle's 20 points and eight rebounds couldn't stop The Citadel from dropping to 4-18 overall and 1-10 in the Southern Conference.
"Our defense wasn't there tonight," said Citadel coach Chuck Driesell. "We're not going to win too many games giving up 82 teams and allowing teams to shoot 53 percent."
The Spartans (9-14, 7-4) shot 53.4 percent for the game, including 23 of 38 (60.5 percent) from inside the 3-point arc. Simpson was just 6 of 14, but 6-10 forward Aloysius Henry was 6 of 8 for his 13 points. Guard Derrell Armstrong added 14 points.
UNCG, which endured an 11-game losing streak and fired coach Mike Dement earlier in the season, now leads the SoCon North Division under 29-year-old interim coach Wes Miller.
The Bulldogs cut a 39-29 halftime deficit to 45-41, but Henry converted a three-point play and Drew Parker nailed a 3-point shot to quickly boost the lead back to 10. The Citadel never got closer than eight after that.
"It comes down to defense, especially on the road," Driesell said. "It wasn't there tonight, and I'm not quite sure why. We scored enough points to win, 71, but we just couldn't stop them."
Freshman Lawrence Miller had 15 points for the Bulldogs.
The Citadel shot 42.9 percent and made 5 of 12 from 3-point range and 18 of 25 free throws, not bad numbers.
"I thought our guys worked pretty hard," said Driesell. "But we got beat off the bounce, we weren't there to take charges and we gave up way too many offensive rebounds."
The Citadel will play Saturday at Elon, which blew a 23-point lead against College of Charleston on Thursday before escaping with a 99-98 win in double overtime.