Mocs Remain Perfect In Southern Conference Play With Win At Wofford

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs won their eighth straight game beating Wofford 71-57 in Benjamin Johnson Arena tonight. Junior Ronrico White (Knoxville, Tenn.) led five Mocs in double figures with 16. Chattanooga is now 12-8, 6-0 atop the Southern Conference standings, while Wofford falls to 7-10, 2-3 in the league.

“I am really proud of our guys,” Head Coach Will Wade said. “That was our most complete game – offensively and defensively – that we’ve played all year.

“I thought Greg Pryor was tremendous, and I thought Gee McGhee played the best he has played on defense,” he continued. “We made some defensive adjustments going into this game, and our guys executed them just perfectly. 

“Give our guys credit, that was just a toughness game and we came in here and were tough as nails.”

Z. Mason (Nashville, Tenn.) was dominant in the post with 12 points, a career-high-tying 15 rebounds and five blocks. Martynas Bareika (Kedainiai, Lithuania), Greg Pryor (Memphis, Tenn.) and Gee McGhee (Baton Rouge, La.) each chipped in 10.

Wofford was paced by Karl Cochran with a game-high 19 points. Lee Skinner added 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

The Terriers trailed by eight at the break and cut the margin to five, 37-32, with 16:18 to play on an Indiana Faithfull jumper. The Mocs answered quickly.

They scored five unanswered points over next two minutes capped by two Pryor free throws to extend the lead to 10, 42-32. Over the next nine minutes, the Terriers could get no closer than eight with Chattanooga getting the lead to as many as 12 on free throws by Mason and White. The latter’s at 5:21 made it 58-46 for the visitors.

Skinner scored six straight points to dice the lead to six, 58-52, at 4:34. The Mocs were undaunted. A Pryor layup and two Bareika free throws pushed the lead back to 10. Seven was as close as the Terriers would come as Chattanooga closed strong.

““We executed well down the stretch,” Wade added. “I said we would get it corrected, and we did. Our guys did exactly what they were supposed to do.  We clawed until the end, and we got the jump ball (Jones) near the end because we were just tenacious.

“We were all over the place and that was awesome.”

The eight straight wins is the longest winning streak since 1996-97 for the Mocs when that squad ran off 11 in a row. It’s the first time the squad has swept two SoCon road swings in a season since 1993-94.

“This is the first time in 20 years that we’ve won two of them…first time since the 1993-94 season,” he continued. “That is great, and let me say this; we are coming back home on Thursday night to play Elon, and they are predicted to finish first in the league. I want to see if we can get 5,000 people into McKenzie Arena on Thursday night.

“Our players deserve it because they have played unbelievably hard,” Wade concluded. “They’ve done everything we’ve asked. We need to have 5,000 people in there and have the lower bowl full.”

It was a great defensive effort. The Mocs limited their hosts to just 33.9 percent (20-59) shooting, the lowest shooting percentage by a DI opponent this season. They also turned in a plus-six turnover margin with just nine against 15 for Wofford leading to a 16-6 points off turnover advantage.

Chattanooga returns home again for two pivotal SoCon games next weekend. It starts Thursday night when Elon comes to town followed by UNCG on Saturday. Both games tip off at 7 p.m., with Saturday’s game part of a televised game on ESPRN3.com with the Mocs women taking on Samford at 4 p.m.

The games can be listened to live on ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in the Scenic City, or go to the men’s basketball schedule page on GoMocs.com for links to video (PPV), audio (free) and live stats. You can follow @GoMocsMBB on twitter for live updates as well.



Sayvon Wilson Signs With Dalton State Basketball

The Dalton State Roadrunners have signed another junior college star to join the team in the fall. Veteran Dalton State Coach Tony Ingle announced Monday that his staff has inked the National Junior College Athletic Association’s leading rebounder. Sayvon Wilson, a 6-4 small forward from East Georgia State College in Swainsboro. He averaged 13.7 rebounds per game for the Bobcats ... (click for more)

Dalton State To Hold Cheerleading Tryouts May 11-12

“The Spirit of Dalton cheer team is going to take this town by storm this year,” said Coach Robyn Pursley as she announced this week that open tryouts for the 2016-2017 team will be held May 11-13 at Bandy Gymnasium on the Dalton State campus. “Our purpose is to encourage crowd participation, and to provide entertainment and support at athletic events,” added the coach. “The squad ... (click for more)

Grocery, Retail, Parking Lots, Multi-Family Proposed To Build Out Lifestyle Way Near Hamilton Place

A grocery store, restaurants, much additional retail, large parking areas, and apartments are planned for 62 acres of the Lifestyle Way development near Hamilton Place Mall. The project by developers Ken and Byron Defoor has long been in the works, and previously has featured an Embassy Suites Hotel and a Mellow Mushroom and office near Shallowford Road long with some retail ... (click for more)

Expansion By Developers Of McCallie Commons Would Raze 3 Old Houses On Oak Street

Developers of the McCallie Commons student housing at McCallie and Central are wanting to expand the project, but it would involve tearing down three old homes on Oak Street. The proposal from developer David Hudson would be an expansion of the four-story apartment building and separate parking garage with 300 parking spaces proposed that was approved earlier. The original ... (click for more)

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow

Years ago at a ritzy dinner party in Westchester County, New York, an editor from Reader’s Digest was seated next to the prettiest woman in the room and noticed her overall glow and countenance was such that he had never noticed a tell-tale scar under her nose. After the dishes were cleared away, admit the mindless chatter, he asked if she would mind telling him about it. The ... (click for more)