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Simpson erupts to help UNCG hold off Chattanooga, 77-69

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (WRCB/AP) - Trevis Simpson scored a career-high 41 points to help UNC Greensboro string together back-to-back wins for the first time this season, beating Southern Conference-rival Chattanooga 77-69 Sunday.

Simpson, who had 30 points in the Spartans' Jan. 24 matchup with Samford, made 14 of 25 shots and tied a career-high with seven 3-pointers. Nicholas Paulos aided Simpson with 11 points off the bench as UNC Greensboro's other four starters went a combined 7 for 29.

Z. Mason had 17 points and 11 boards for Chattanooga (8-13, 3-5), which has lost three straight and four of its last five.

"I liked our effort. We battled, but they were better than we were tonight," said Mocs' coach John Shulman. "They had Simpson and we didn't. I thought Z. Mason got great looks and did a great job of pounding it inside, and that's what we are going to continue to do. I thought we did a better job tonight and maybe we can get adjusted without Dontay. I feel like we can grow a little from this. They are disappointed in this."

UNC Greensboro (6-13, 4-4) led 41-31 at halftime. Chattanooga cut the deficit to 67-65 with 2:14 left behind consecutive baskets by Mason but the Spartans scored eight straight to pull away.

The Mocs out-shot UNC Greensboro 44 percent (22 of 50) to 40.6 percent (26 of 64), but the Spartans converted 11 treys.

"We played our tail-ends off, we made stops and buckets, but they were shooting 50% from the three-point line," Shulman said. "It's usually over at that moment, but we battled."

Ronrico White added 15 points and Gee McGhee also finished in double figures for UTC with 12.

The Mocs started quickly with an 11-4 run, but watched the Spartans answer with a 23-5 spurt to take control. It was the fifth straight game Chattanooga has fallen behind by double-digits in the first half.

"I blasted them at 10 a.m. because I am tired of losing and I hope they are, too," Shulman said. "At some point, you have to get your neck strong and I thought we got a little tougher today. It's time to go back, soul search a little and see why we aren't rebounding the ball. We need to make adjustments and get our people on the right page."

The game was the first for the Mocs since senior guard Dontay Hampton re-injured his right knee. After missing the first 15 games of the season while rehabbing from a torn ACL, the former CSAS star went down at the end of the first half in Thursday's loss at Elon.

Shulman told the Times Free Press the injury is likely career-ending.

Farad Cobb returned to the lineup for the first time since his arrest for under-age drinking and disorderly conduct on Monday, scoring six points in seven minutes off the bench. The freshman point guard did not play against Elon, and Shulman said his punishment will be handled internally.

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