White Leads Mocs Over Samford 90-81

White Scored 28 In UTC SoCon Win

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Junior guard Ronrico White scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Chattanooga Mocs to a 90-81 win over Samford in McKenzie Arena. Chattanooga led wire-to-wire and now sits atop the Southern Conference standings at 3-0, 9-8 overall.

White was fantastic all night. He was a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line while hitting six-of-10 from the field including four-of-six from beyond the arc. The Knoxville native added four assists tying his season high turned in Monday night at The Citadel.

“I thought it was a tale of two halves,” Head Coach Will Wade said. “We played really well in the first half. We played our style of play and got turnovers, but we were not as aggressive the second and held on for dear life. They changed their lineup. They got bigger and held us off the offensive glass but give our guys credit.”

Four others tallied double digits for the Mocs. Z. Mason (Nashville, Tenn.) extended his double-double streak to six games with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Casey Jones (New Orleans, La.) added 14 points hitting all seven shot attempts, while Martynas Bareika (Kedainiai, Lithuania) and Gee McGhee (Baton Rouge, La.) chipped in 12 and 11, respectively.

Samford, which falls to 6-12 and 0-3 in the league, also had five scorers reach double figures. Tim Williams, Tyler Hood and Isaiah Williams each scored 15 pints. Connor Miller had 12, and Jordan Capps added 10 points and team-high eight rebounds.

Jones got the Mocs started in a big way. He scored 12 of his 14 in the first 10-plus minutes of the contest on an assortment of dunks and jumpers. The 12th point was on a jumper at 9:39 staking Chattanooga to a 24-14 advantage.

Capps scored a layup at 5:17 to get the Bulldogs with eight, 32-24. The Mocs answered with a 14-3 run to take its largest lead, 46-27, on a Mason free throw after back-to-back Bareika treys. It was a 48-33 margin at the break.

There was an ebb and flow the rest of the way. Samford closed within 10 or 11 points, and then Chattanooga got it back to 15. A Miller three-pointer at 7:36 finally got the Bulldogs inside single digits, 71-62. But the Mocs would not let it slip away.

Samford continued to chip away at the lead making it an eight-point game, 77-69, on Tim Williams’ layup at 2:40. Mason came up big with a monster tip dunk at 2:27 and then two free throws at 1:53 to keep it a 10-point game.

The Bulldogs got as close as five, 86-81, on an Isaiah Williams three-pointer with 18 seconds left, but could get no closer. White (6-6) and McGhee (2-2) hit all eight free throws in the final 35 seconds to keep the visitors at by.

The Mocs have now won five in a row, a first since a six-game win streak in 2009-10. The squad is 3-0 in the SoCon for the first time since a 7-0 start in 2010-11. That’s good for a half-game lead in the league standings over Western Carolina and Davidson at 2-0.

It was a tale of two halves for the home team. Chattanooga shot 51.5 percent (17-33) in the opening frame, but just 38.1 percent (8-21) in the second 20. It hit a season-best 47.4 percent (9-19) from three-point range and went 31 of 41 from the charity stripe (75.6%).

“It’s always a boost when we shoot it well,” Wade added. “We took good ones…we took inside-out ones, we touched the paint and we took 10 toes to the rim. We got the defense to collapse so we could kick it out and take good threes.

“We got a good win, but now we need to flip the page and prepare for Wofford on Saturday.”

The Mocs return to the Roundhouse Saturday to host Wofford. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The game 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.


4 Four Dalton State Women's Golfers Announced As All-Conference

The Southern States Athletic Conference announced the 2017 SSAC Women's Golf All-Conference and All-Freshman Teams Monday evening at the 2017 SSAC Women's Golf Awards Banquet. The Team Sportsmanship Award, Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team and All-Academic Team were also announced. All-Conference Breakdown ·          ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Splits Double-Header Tuesday With Tennessee Smokies

Following two consecutive days of heavy rain, the Lookouts and Smokies went up against each other in two seven-inning games Tuesday at AT&T Field. Each time won a game. Game one starting pitcher Kohl Stewart had another difficult start as his record dropped to 0-4 and his ERA inflated to 6.46. More alarming than those numbers, though, is what is causing them to pile up: Walks ... (click for more)

Erlanger Has Surge In Revenue; Admissions Up Over 12%

Erlanger Health System reported substantial growth in revenue and effective cost management for the third quarter. Net income from operations of $8.5 million exceeded prior year by $7 million and also exceeded budget by $1.3 million.    The health system had an 8.8 percent increase in total net revenue. Officials said the quarter generated strong EBITDA (e arnings ... (click for more)

Former County Jailer Pleads "No Contest" In Cancer Faking Case

A former Hamilton County corrections officer pleaded no contest on Monday to charges that he got time off from work and donations from co-workers after he faked having cancer. Dale Daniel was granted diversion through an agreement with the district attorney's office. The charges will go off his record if he does not get into any further trouble for a year. Daniel will have ... (click for more)

Don't Clog Up The Last Remaining Semi-Unobstructed Route Into Town From North Of The River

The proposal to turn Hixson Pike in Riverview into a more pedestrian friendly street is more than absurd.   Let's be honest. This is the last semi-unobstructed route into town from north of the river, due to I-27 construction and the bike lane/parking lot that is North Market Street.  So, now the businesses in Riverview would like parking on this main artery? ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: New Orleans Slaps History

It was balmy and relatively quiet on Sunday afternoon in New Orleans. The flowers of spring were in full flush on Canal Street and, as darkness began to cloak the city, no one was aware that a cadre of police snipers was quietly setting up in a hotel parking garage across from the Liberty Place monument. Shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday morning, a number of large trucks rumbled past ... (click for more)