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Paulos, Spartans catch fire to rout Mocs, 94-68

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB/AP) - New nets are needed at both ends of McKenzie Arena.

Nicholas Paulos and the UNC Greensboro Spartans torched the ones that used to be there.

Paulos came off the bench to hit a single-game school record ten 3-pointers en route to a career-high 30 points as Greensboro blasted Chattanooga 94-68 Thursday night.

"I was feeling it, if that's a good way to put it," Paulos said. "But I was getting good looks, and that comes from my teammates setting good screens and my coaches drawing up good plays.

"I was just fortunate to knock some of those shots down."

Paulos' buckets accounted for half the Spartans' team-record 20 3-pointers on 36 attempts, an outing that left the Mocs scratching their heads.

"I don't know what else we could have done at times," said Mocs' head coach John Shulman. "I don't know if you can go 20-for-36 with no one guarding you in an empty gym.

"That was just shell-shocking out there tonight. That was ridiculous."

Korey Van Dussen added 11 while David Williams, Trevis Simpson and Kelvin McNeil tallied 10 apiece. All four hit at least one shot from behind the 3-point arc.

Simpson entered as the SoCon's leading scorer at 19.4 points per game, and erupted for 41 when the two teams played in Greensboro.

"Our whole gameplan was stopping (Darrell) Armstrong and Simpson, and we did that," Shulman said of UNCG's talented guard tandem, who combined for just 17 points. "We actually did a really good job of that, but once (Paulos) got going, they were hard to stop.

"He made some ridiculous threes in the second half."

Greensboro (8-18, 6-9 Southern Conference) opened on a 7-2 run but Chattanooga trimmed the deficit to two, 11-9, on a pair of Z. Mason free throws. Greensboro answered the free throws with three consecutive 3-pointers to pull away and took a 47-29 lead into halftime.

Paulos did most of the heavy lifting in the second half, scoring 18 straight points for the Spartans at one point on six consecutive 3-pointers. He exited the game with 11:31 to play and Greensboro leading 74-47.

"They hit 20 threes, and that's absolutely shocking any night in a basketball game," Mason said. "At some point you just have to accept that it's them. They were making shots."

Greensboro shot 48.6 percent (34 of 70), compared to 35 percent (19 of 53) for the Mocs (11-17, 6-9), and dished out a season-high 27 assists, including 15 in the first half.

Mason had 21 for Chattanooga while the other four starters made just 6 of 25 shots. The Mocs, who earlier in the week dismissed point guard Farad Cobb from the team, have now lost their last two games by a combined 46 points.

"That's a tough way to lose at home. That stings you," Shulman says. "It's gut check time now for us. You're tired, cranky and you've had adversity after adversity in a long season. It's time to find out what we've got.

"Most people quit before they fail. I don't think this team will."

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