CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WRCB) - Gee McGhee scored 16 points, Eric Robertson had 14 off the bench and Chattanooga pulled away in the second half to beat Furman 83-49 on Thursday night.
Farad Cobb added 12 points for the Mocs (11-16, 6-7 Southern Conference), who have won three of their past four after four-game losing streak.
The Mocs took advantage of an injury-depleted Paladin lineup by pushing the pace early and often. UTC used a variety of defenses and full-court presses to force 20 turnovers, eventually wearing down a Furman team that had just eight available players for their fourth game in the last eight days.
"We came out with energy and sustained it," said Chattanooga head coach John Shulman. "Furman was down. We felt like our depth was better, and we felt like we could play and make it as wild and crazy as we could.
"It's awfully nice to win like that. It's awfully nice for our kids to continue believing in what we're doing, and getting better and better.
Colin Reddick and Stephen Croone scored 12 points each, with Croone grabbing nine rebounds, and Bryant Irwin had 10 points for the Paladins (6-18, 3-10), who played without starters Charlie Reddick and David Brown.
Furman has now lost four in a row, six of their past seven and is 1-11 on the road.
"We just started from the jump," McGhee said. "We got steals, stops on defense, and rebounds, and we just kept playing and finishing plays.
"I just felt like the more pressure we put on them, they just started slowly breaking and breaking. When we built that big lead, we just stayed on them."
Chattanooga made 34 of a whopping 77 field goal attempts, and scored 21 points off Furman turnovers and 48 points in the paint.
Cobb's jumper with 4:19 to play in the first half gave the Mocs a 29-18 lead en route to a 39-27 halftime lead. Furman never trailed by single digits again.
The Mocs pushed their advantage to 48-30 only 2:04 into the second half and led by as many as 37 on their away to an easy victory.
Casey Jones scored four points, including two on a breakaway dunk, in 16 minutes in his first game since breaking his leg before Christmas. He started the Mocs' first 11 games of the season before missing the last 14.
"He was exhausted," Shulman said of the freshman forward.
Drazen Zlovaric was quite the opposite. The senior center played just ten minutes after missing most of the first half with a broken nose. He took an elbow to the face from teammate Lance Stokes in the opening moments of the game.
"The refs looked at it on video and said 'I hate to tell you, but your guy went up and hit your own kid in the nose,'" Shulman said. "So we broke our own kid's nose."
Zlovaric said he actually re-set the break himself on his way back down the floor, prompting heavy bloodflow to stain his jersey. He returned late in the first half wearing a protective mask and finished with six points.
He'll visit the doctor Friday morning to determine how to address the injury.
"I laughed," Zlovaric said of his new mask-wearing persona, which he'll likely keep for the remainder of the season. "My nose is not exactly the smallest nose anyway, so now especially with all the swelling and everything, it's probably best to keep it hidden behind something like this so you can't see it."
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