Mocs Fall To Morehead State In Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Chattanooga Mocs (2-5) senior Z. Mason (Nashville, Tenn.) scored 20 of his game-high 23 points in the second half, but it was not enough to turn back a hot-shooting Morehead State (6-2) squad. The Eagles shot 72.3 percent (34-47) for the game to turn back the Mocs 88-75 in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

Mason had a sensational shooting night of his own hitting eight of 10 shots including three of four beyond the arc. He scored 11 points in the first four-and-a-half minutes of the second half to cut the lead to five, 55-50, with 15:32 to play.

Morehead State answered Mason’s start with a 10-1 run for a 14-point advantage, 65-51, on Billy Reader’s layup with 12:05 to go. Mason’s tip-in of a Lance Stokes (Orlando, Fla.) miss at 10:23 made it a 10-points game, 65-55.

But that’s as close as it would get. The Eagles scored on six of nine possessions to take control of the game. Kareem Storey’s layup at 5:55 stretched the margin to 20, 77-57. The Mocs battled back with Gee McGhee’s (Baton Rouge, La.) three-pointer late providing the final score of 88-75.

“Their point guard (Storey) is a good player,” Chattanooga Head Coach Will Wade said. “He first signed with Utah of the Pac-12. We were able to turn him over a couple of times and frustrated him, but we couldn’t keep him out of the paint.

“Our half-court defense seemed to get driven on from any spot,” Wade continued. “We gave up too many easy looks to them. Morehead is a really good team. They are the second best team we’ve played. I thought we did some good things, but we didn’t do enough. You can’t give up that many easy shots and expect to win.”

Angelo Warner led MSU with 22 points, while Billy Reader came off the bench for 21 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Storey added 16 points, and Chad Posthumus chipped in 11 points and seven boards.

The Eagles had a 29-17 advantage on the glass, in part because of their shooting display. MSU shot 82.6 percent making 19 of 23 in the second half.

Chattanooga posted its best shooting night against a DI opponent this season. It made 50.9 percent from the floor, 57.1 percent (16-28) in the second half.  McGhee had 18 points and five assists, while Greg Pryor (Memphis, Tenn.) added 10 points.

The Mocs take on IUPUI in first game Friday. Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m., Eastern time. Listen live on ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Links to audio (free) and live stats can be accessed on GoMocs.com, and fans can follow @GoMocsMBB on twitter for live updates.


Four Lookouts Headed To Arizona Fall League

Four of the current Chattanooga Lookouts are heading to the Arizona Fall League. Infielder Corey Seager is one of four Dodgers prospects named Tuesday to the Glendale Desert Dogs' roster for the upcoming AFL. Seager, infielder Darnell Sweeney, outfielder Scott Schebler and left-handed reliever Michael Thomas are on the initial roster of the Desert Dogs. Three more Dodgers ... (click for more)

Brandon Morgan: UTC's O-Line Veteran

It’s a family tradition in the Morgan household to play in the trenches where the football wars are won or lost on gridirons in the fall. And it has been a successful tradition. Owner of a deep voice and pleasant smile along with solid football technique on his 6-2, 300-pound frame, Mocs redshirt junior Brandon Morgan and his O-Line (Offensive ... (click for more)

City, County Pull The Plug On Downtown Shooting Range

City and county officials have decided to keep the police firing range at Moccasin Bend rather than building an expensive new indoor facility at the former Farmers Market property. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said Sheriff Jim Hammond and new Police Chief Fred Fletcher met recently and decided to "pull the plug" on the project. He said officers felt that the Moccasin Bend range ... (click for more)

Reception Honors County's 2nd-Longest Serving Employee

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, at a County Courthouse reception, asked anyone who was working at the courthouse in 1966 to raise their hand. Only Circuit Court Clerk Paula Thompson was able to do so. Judge Shattuck said he believes only Edna Camp of the Criminal Court clerk's office, has been at the courthouse longer. Ms. Thompson did not seek re-election, ... (click for more)

Vote No On Health Insurance Changes Affecting County Teachers

Our Hamilton County School Board will vote on insurance changes effecting both active employees and retirees, who are not on Medicare at this time.  HCEA strongly objects to changes being made at this time and urges a “No” vote.  Insurance had been frozen three years by negotiations.  Since the Educators Professional Negotiations Act was nullified by the 2011 Legislature, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)