Cleveland State Dominates Tennessee Temple With 99-46 Win

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - by Bryan Grisham
The Cleveland State Cougar basketball took care of business in a big way on Wednesday night at L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium as they dominated their mid-week matchup with Tennessee Temple from beginning to end with a 99-46 thumping of the Crusaders.
 
In a game that was first scheduled back in early January, The Cougars and Crusaders finally got together in late February. The Cougars scored the first eight points of the night and never looked back as they quickly put the contest on ice.
Trey Suttles dominated the paint in the early going with 12 points and eight boards while, Gabe Dando and Dantario Dansby did most of the damage for the home team from the outside as each Cougar knocked down a pair of three-pointers.
 
The Cougars blistered the nets to the tune of 56 percent in the first 20 minutes while holding the Crusaders to only 36 percent. A 20-6 Cougar run pushed the lead to double digits and an 18-5 run, including a buzzer-beater by Kahan Swift, finished the first half as the home team held a 57-24 advantage at the break.
 
It was more of the same in the second half as the Cougars poured it on. Dando contributed two more shots from downtown while Jameico McPherson added a long range bomb of his own to the cause. Suttles and Ralph Eason rattled the rim with a slam dunk each while Xavier Okoro and Swift took turns scoring in the paint. 
 
The Cougars knocked down 10 treys in the contest, shot 47 percent for the game and out-rebounded the Crusaders 53-26. Swift paced the Cougars (14-9) with 21 points, Suttles added a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards, Eason just missed a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Okoro finished with 17 points and eight rebounds while Dando added 12 points. Kailos Richard led the Crusaders with 13 points and Brevan Brazier added nine.
 
The Cougars and Lady Cougars will now head west for a key Region VII matchup on Friday in Memphis with Southwest Tennessee and then go upstate to Dyersburg for a Saturday afternoon matinee.


Mocs Close Regular Season On The Road

The regular season is swiftly coming to a close for the Chattanooga Mocs. A mere two regular season games remain and they’re on the road. It starts Friday night at UNCG and ends Sunday afternoon at VMI. Both games broadcast on ESPN3 and are rematches of tight finishes in McKenzie Arena earlier this season. The Keydets escaped Gig City with a one-point victory on a missed drive ... (click for more)

UTC Women Host Mercer Saturday

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team is set to host Southern Conference rival Mercer Saturday afternoon. Chattanooga and Mercer met 10 times before the Bears entered the Southern Conference. The Mocs are 16-3 against Mercer and 6-2 on the road. The two teams have tied for the league title in each of the last two years and met in the SoCon Tournament ... (click for more)

Witness Says Christopher Turner Shot Jamichael Eddins Multiple Times After He Was Already Down At Carousel Road

Police said Christopher Lashawn Turner stood over 24-year-old Jamichael Eddins on Carousel Road late Tuesday afternoon and fired multiple shots into him after shooting him moments before.   Turner, 26, of 1203 Sholar Ave., was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm.   Randall Davenport, 28, was ... (click for more)

County Commission Approves Sizable Pay Increase For Magistrates

The County Commission has approved a sizable pay raise for its four magistrates, taking them from the current $66,000 per year to $92,000 by 2021. The raises will take effect beginning with new terms for magistrates. Two of the current magistrates are up for re-appointment in May. Their pay level will become $80,000. It will rise by $4,000 per year until reaching the $92,000. ... (click for more)

Reflections On Billy Graham

Sandra and I are saddened this morning after learning of the death of Billy Graham. We rejoice today, because Mr. Graham once said "It will be reported that Billy Graham has died, but that won't be the truth. He said the truth is that he had only moved to a new location".  I remember when we named 15th Street as Billy Graham Avenue, his daughter Gigi came for the dedication ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Principal’s Reaction

On the morning after the mass shooting in Florida last week, a 17-year-old at Ledyard High School in Connecticut made an offhand comment during his first period class, “I could buy an AR-15.” At that, all the teachers panicked. Really. The school was soon so rattled by the comment the principal called the cops. And those five words got the child shackled, taken into custody, and ... (click for more)