CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (GoMocs.com) --- The Chattanooga Mocs recipe tonight did not bode well for success in McKenzie Arena. Visiting Georgia seemingly couldn't miss a shot, while the Mocs struggled to score in an 86-55 loss.
The bigger, more physical Bulldogs shot a sizzling 63.3 percent from the field (31-49) including 63.6 percent from 3pt range (7-11). The home team managed just 31 percent (18-58), 30.4 percent from beyond the arc (7-23).
“When you play a team like that there's some give and take involved,” coach Will Wade said. “We didn't want to let them pound us in the post. To their credit they knocked down shots, and I mean they haven't been shooting it well all year. We tried to play some zone to start with Gaines. He hit the first three and that got him going. When you play a team of that caliber, there's some give and take. We‘re going to hope they shoot their percentages.”
Casey Jones led the Mocs with 19 points and five rebounds on the same day he was named Southern Conference Player of the Week. He was alone in double digits for his squad. Kenny Gaines (25) and Marcus Thornton (24) combined for 49 points to lead the visitors.
Ronrico White's three-pointer from the right corner to end the first half made it a seven-point game, 39-32, heading into the break. After UGA's hot start, Wade sensed positive things afoot.
“I felt pretty good at half,” Wade added. “We were down seven they shot 60% in the first half. I thought their numbers will come back to where they normally are. We'll be able to hang in there and see what happens, but they shot it even better I believe in the second half.“
But the Bulldogs to firm control opening the second half with a 16-5 run capped by Nemanja Djurisic's layup at 12:36. That put the Bulldogs ahead by 20, 57-37. The Mocs continued to battle.
Jones nailed a three-pointer and promptly made a steal as UGA crossed midcourt leading to a foul. He hit both free throws to make it a 16-point game, 63-47, with 9:16 to go. The Bulldogs scored nine unanswered points and never looked back.
Charles Mann added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists off the bench for UGA. Djurisic chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
White missed double figures by one scoring nine, all on three-pointers. He tallied four assists with zero turnovers. The Mocs had a season-low eight turnovers. Justin Tuoyo had three blocks which is his seventh multi-block game in eight starts for the sophomore transfer from VCU.
Chattanooga returns to the court in six days. It hosts Montreat on Monday, December 8, which is a Homecoming. The Cavaliers are coached by former Mocs guard Lincoln Walters (1995-97). Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Links to video, audio and live stats are available on GoMocs.com for every contest.