Mason Leads Mocs Past Western Carolina 83-73

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs powered past Western Carolina 83-73 Friday night in McKenzie Arena. Five Mocs posted double digits led by Z. Mason’s (Nashville, Tenn.) 23 points in the key Southern Conference victory.

“Good win, I’m really proud of our guys,” said Head Coach Will Wade. “That’s the best we’ve played since Elon. Played with an edge…played with a toughness. 

“We lost it there in the last six minutes of the first half but recovered it in the second half and did a really nice job.”

Gee McGhee (Baton Rouge, La.) tallied 16 points with a career-high 15 rebounds. Casey Jones (New Orleans, La.) added 14 points, while Ronrico White (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Martynas Bareika (Kedainiai, Lithuania) came off the bench to score 11 and 10, respectively.

Brandon Boggs paced Western Carolina with 21 points. James Sinclair added 15 points and a team-high-tying six boards, as Trey Sumler netted 12.

Bareika’s three-pointer with 12:05 to play gave Chattanooga its biggest lead of 16, 65-49. The Catamounts answered with a 12-0 run over the next five minutes to get within four, 65-61, on a Sinclair trey. Mason ended the skid with a jumper at 7:02.

Sinclair scored on the Cats next possession on a driving reverse cut the margin back to four, 67-63. That’s as close as it would get.

Two McGhee free throws and a thunderous tip dunk from Mason pushed it back to eight. The Mocs made their free throws down the stretch hitting 10-of-11 in the final minutes to preserve the victory.

The win puts Chattanooga at 10-2 in the SoCon, a half-game behind Davidson in first at 10-1, and 16-11 overall. Western falls to 14-12, 7-4 in league play.

It was a bruising, physical contest as the two squads combined for 45 fouls and 61 free throws. Chattanooga had a 49-38 advantage on the boards behind McGhee’s 15 and Mason’s eight.

“It’s the first time we were able to do some work on the backboards in a while,” Wade added. “We did a really nice job sharing the ball and were strong on weak-side rebounding with our guards.  For the most part our guards did a good job. 

“Gee McGhee did a really nice job picking up 15 rebounds.”

The Mocs limited their visitors to 38.2 percent shooting, 26 of 68, from the field including 16.0 percent (4-25) from beyond the arc, a season low for an opponent. Chattanooga shot 42.6 percent (26-61) from the floor, 37.5 percent (6-16) from 3pt range.

It was a quick start for the Catamounts scoring on their opening two possessions for a 4-0 lead on baskets by Sinclair and Kenneth Hall. Chattanooga produced 10 consecutive defensive stops keying a 17-0 run capped by two White free throws at 12:17.

The lead swelled to 16, 30-14, on Lance Stokes’ fast break slam off a nice feed from White after a steal near midcourt. It was 14 after a three-pointer by Bareika, 37-23, with 5:04 remaining until the break. Western made a charge.

Sumler’s layup with 1:30 left ended a 14-2 spurt to get within two, 39-37. McGhee ended the run with a three-point play at 1:14 to send his squad into the half up 42-38.

The Mocs remain at home for their next opponent. Georgia Southern invades McKenzie Arena next Thursday at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets on or by calling the ticket office at 266-MOCS (6627). Listen to Voice of the Mocs Jim Reynolds on ESPN the Zone 105.1 FM in Chattanooga or worldwide on

Dalton State Roadrunners Take Campbellsville 66-63

The Dalton State Basketball Roadrunners extended their win streak to five on Tuesday night as they knocked-off Campbellsville (KY) 66-63 at Mashburn Arena. The Roadrunners have been on a roll since they lost to the Tigers back on Halloween afternoon. Dalton State Coach Tony Ingle said it was a debt paid. “The good book says not to believe in revenge, but to pay your debts,” ... (click for more)

Covenant Falls To Berry, Birmingham Southern

Trailing by 18 at halftime, the Covenant men's basketball team nearly pulled an incredible comeback before falling 90-79 at Berry  on Tuesday  night inside the Cage Center. The loss snaps a three-game win streak to begin the year for Covenant who falls to 3-1. Berry, who came in winless despite losing all three games by a combined six points, improves to 1-3 overall. ... (click for more)

Monica McMillon, 37, Shot And Killed In Alton Park On Tuesday Night

Monica McMillon, 37, was shot and killed in Alton Park on Tuesday night. The Chattanooga Police responded to the 3800 block of Highland Ave. on the report of a shooting. Once on scene police located one victim inside a residence. She  was struck by gunfire and  succumbed to her injuries on scene.   No suspect information is available at ... (click for more)

Judge Denies Motion By Walker County To Delay Closing Of Hutcheson Hospital

A bankruptcy judge in Atlanta on Tuesday denied a motion by Walker County, Ga., is asking a delay in closing Hutcheson Medical Center and laying off employees. Judge Paul Bonapfel said he appreciated the position of Walker County, but he said he would not interfere with the business decision made by the trustees appointed to operate the Fort Oglethorpe hospital. He also said ... (click for more)

A Thankful List

David Jeremiah said it best, that we have a tendency to concentrate on the things we don’t have rather than what God has already blessed us with.  Perhaps, he said, it is because there is not enough parchment available in this world to record all God’s bountiful blessings should we try to list them. This Thanksgiving let us gather our family close to us, whisper a prayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)