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Mocs rout Reinhardt, but lose Jones to injury

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CHATTANOOGA (AP/WRCB) - Drazen Zlovaric and Martynas Bareika each scored 20 points to lead Chattanooga to a 108-78 rout over Reinhardt on Friday.

Farad Cobb had 14 points and Alex Bran added 12 for the Mocs (3-8), who ended a four-game losing streak but lost freshman forward Casey Jones to a knee injury in the process.

"What I wanted to get out of this game was very simple. I wanted a win," said head coach John Shulman. "Our energy was good, and defensively we were pretty good, but really I'm just worried about Casey Jones right now."

Jones went down in the opening minutes of the second half and later returned to the bench on crutches with his right knee wrapped in ice. Shulman said he was leaving town for Christmas break after the game, and will have an MRI when he returns on December 26.

"We'll just have him rehab it while he's at home and keep some ice on it, then look at it when he gets back," Shulman said. "I don't feel real good about it. He's gonna get in the car and drive seven or eight hours not knowing if he tore his ACL or not, so that's not a great Christmas.

"But hopefully we'll get a Christmas miracle."

Chattanooga used a strong first half to pull away early, exploding on 19-run that turned a 10-8-deficit into a 14-point advantage. The Mocs scored 52 points in the final 14 minutes of the first half to take a 60-33 lead at the break.

"We came out strong and coach told us we needed to run the whole game, so that's what we did," Bareika said. "We rolled through a lot of subs and kept pushing the tempo.

"The goal is to get better every day no matter who you play, but we needed this before the break to lift us up a little bit more."

The Mocs barely outscored the Eagles 48-45 in the second half, but had enough cushion to cruise to the victory.

Xavier Mayfield and Larricus Thomas had 13 points apiece for Reinhardt, an NAIA school. Gabe Mathis scored 11 points on 5 of 13 shooting.

The Mocs shot 56.8 percent (42 of 74) from the floor for the game while holding Reinhardt to 38.4 percent (28 of 73). UTC also recorded 14 steals and owned a 56-26 rebounding advantage.

"Just seeing that ball go through the basket and not being in a bad mood goes a long way," Shulman said. "Of course, seeing Casey Jones walk in on crutches changes your mood a little bit.

"But what we need to do right now is take a breath and have a nice Christmas. I don't want them to think about basketball. We've run them through the gauntlet already, so they need a break."

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