Mocs Fall 89-78 At Radford

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Chattanooga Mocs (1-1) fell behind early and charged late falling 89-78 at Radford (1-1) Monday evening. The Highlanders led by as many as 25 in the second half before the Mocs cut it within 10 in the final minutes.

Greg Pryor (Memphis, Tenn.) and Gee McGhee (Baton Rouge, La.) each had 17 to pace the Mocs. Eric Robertson (Huntsville, Ala.) added 13 off the bench with five rebounds and three steals.

Radford was led by Jevonte Green’s 23-point, 12-rebound effort. Rashun Davis and Ya Ya Anderson chipped in 13 and 12, respectively.

We never got into rhythm in the first half,” Head Coach Will Wade stated. “We were able to get into the rhythm in the second half and played really well, but we didn’t attack enough to score. In the first half, we weren’t able to set our press, but when we did in the second half, it gave them fits, and we were able to come back and play really well.

“We just didn’t get off to a good start.”

It was a fast and furious start for the Highlanders in their home opener. Jalen Carruthers’ slam dunk with 14:26 to play seemed made it a 25-point contest, 61-36. Chattanooga continued to battle.

A slow shooting start, less than 30 percent at that point in the game, was pushed aside by the visitors. Down 71-50 at 7:01, Pryor and Martynas Bareika (Kedainiai, Lithuania) combined for a five-point trip to get the lead down to 16, 71-55.

The Mocs slowly chipped away at that margin getting inside of 10 points (82-73) on a Robertson free throw with 1:01 to go.  Bareika’s three just 20 seconds later cut it back to nine, 85-76, with 41 ticks remaining.

Robertson fouled to send RU’s Allen Dickerson to the free throw line. He missed both and Pryor raced his squad up the court. He found McGhee open in the corner, but his three-ball rimmed out. Radford made its free throws down the stretch for the 89-78 win.

Chattanooga managed just 36.1 percent (22-61) shooting on the night, 35.7 percent (10-28) from 3pt range. Radford shot 51.8 percent (29-56) including 50 percent (6-12) from beyond the arc.

The two telling stats beyond the shooting numbers came in the paint. The Highlanders held a 42-16 points in the paint advantage and out-rebounded the Mocs by 11, 45-34.

Despite the loss, the silver lining was clear for the scrappy group from the Scenic City.

“You’re always playing uphill on the road,” senior forward Z. Mason (Nashville, Tenn.) said. “But we fought back because Coach Wade just kept telling us to keep fighting. We cut the lead down to nine at one point, and he kept preaching to keep fighting.

“It’s tough playing on the road anywhere, but we have to fight through that adversity and play hard.”

Chattanooga returns to the friendly confines of McKenzie Arena to take on Montreat Saturday, November 16, at 7 p.m. Links to video (PPV), audio (free) and live stats can be accessed on GoMocs.com., and fans can follow



PHOTOS: Bradley Central Girls Defeat East Hamilton, 81-40

UTC Women's Tennis Team Wins 4-3 Over Murray State

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team posted a 4-3 win over Murray State tonight.  The Mocs scored four victories in singles action at Baylor's Guerry Tennis Center.  Chattanooga fell behind early when the Racers took the doubles point.  Sophomores Delaney Edwards and Sydney Patton won at No. 2, but Murray State won No. 1 and No. 3 for ... (click for more)

Boyd Says He Is Not On Witch Hunt Against CVB, But Intends To Seek Full Audit Of Agency; Graham Backs Visitors Bureau 100%

County Commission Finance Chairman Tim Boyd has told Chattanooga Visitors Bureau President Bob Doak that he is "not on a witch hunt" against the CVB, but he said he intends to seek a full audit of the agency. He said he was inspired to "take an even closer look" at the Visitors Bureau after he said Mr. Doak "unleashing a fire storm of emails condemning my accusations." ... (click for more)

Man, Child Killed In Crash On Highway 136 In Walker County; 2nd Child Who Was Seriously Injured Dies On Monday

A man and an unrestrained five-year-old child were killed when a vehicle went out of control on Highway 136 in Walker County on Saturday. A 10-year-old in the car was seriously injured, and later died on Monday. The driver was thrown from the van and was dead at the scene. The five-year-old was trapped in the vehicle and also died at the wreck site at Ponder Creek Road. ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Blackburn Good As Gone

I didn’t know until I read John Adams’ column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel that one person who doesn't personally know UTC Athletic Director David Blackburn said he heard he has a drinking problem. I also didn’t know that “the best thing to ever happen to UTC athletics” had health problems, according to a second person who does not personally know him. It is also being said David ... (click for more)