Chattanooga routs Division III Spalding 98-48
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Dontay Hampton led six Chattanooga players in double figures with 15 points and the Mocs routed Division III opponent Spalding 98-48 on Tuesday night.
Drazen Zlovaric added 14, Ricky Taylor 13, Keegan Bell and Omar Wattad chipped in 12 points each and Ronrico White had 11 for Chattanooga, which snapped a four-game skid.
"Our team has been in a funk the whole year. We have had some bad things happen to us. We have not had a whole lot of breaks and that is okay," head coach John Shulman said. "You just have to get back up and get going.
"I don't care who it was against, we just needed to have some success. We deserved to have some success. We have found ways to pull defeat out of the jaws of victory. We just have not had it for whatever reason. We just have to keep working harder."
The Mocs (3-7) shot 57.4 percent from the floor (31 of 54) and tied their season-high with 14 3-pointers.
Chattanooga, which leads the Southern Conference with 8.5 steals per game, had 11 against the Golden Eagles (1-7), who turned it over 23 times, leading to 33 Mocs' points.
Bell, who ranks No. 9 in the nation in assists with seven a game, dished out eight of Chattanooga's 22 against Spalding.
"We've been frustrated after some games, so it's nice to leave here feeling good and having positive energy. We're ready to carry it over to tomorrow at practice. Get ready for our next adventure which will be a big one," said Bell, referencing his team's Saturday road trip to No. 3 Kentucky.
Chattanooga opened on a 17-2 run, then later used an 18-3 run to pull away for a 48-17 halftime lead.
Spalding coach Kevin Gray returned to Chattanooga, where he played from 1973-76 helping the Mocs finish as national runner-ups in 1976.
"It was a chance to walk through Chattanooga and it was wonderful. It is amazing to see how much things have changed over the years, but they have done a wonderful job at the university," said Gray, who also served as an assistant coach for the Mocs. "They have a nice team. The key to any good team is about each player recognizing and understanding their roles. I thought that they did that.
"I thought they were as good as Coastal Carolina, who we played earlier. They have the opportunity to potentially be a very good basketball team this season."
Tyler St. Julian led Spalding with 11 points. The Division III Golden Eagles are not allowed to offer scholarships, and played the game without their top four players for various reasons.
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