Mocs Use Strong Second Half Start to Cruise Past Kennesaw State
It was a team effort in today’s Chattanooga Mocs (4-2) 88-71 road win at Kennesaw State (2-4).
KENNESAW, Ga. (GoMocs.com)---It was a team effort in today’s Chattanooga Mocs (4-2) 88-71 road win at Kennesaw State (2-4). Greg Pryor led six Mocs in double figures with 21 points, his second 20-point effort in a row.
“Games like this are difficult a lot of times,” Coach Matt McCall said. “This time of year, you’re on the road, there’s a lot going on today in athletics…you really have to create your own energy. I really thought we fought human nature in the game and tried to get ourselves against a good team that is difficult to prepare for.
“That should be how the game is played every night. I’d still like to have a few more assists and fewer turnovers, but six guys in double figures tells me we played the game the right way.”
Pryor was joined by Johnathan Burroughs-Cook and Tre’ McLean with 14 points apiece, Justin Tuoyo with 13 along with 10 points each from Makinde London and Casey Jones.
Kendrick Ray paced the Owls with a game-high 24 points. Aubrey Williams added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Jordan Jones scored 12.
The key spurt started late in the first half. Down, 37-35 with just under two minutes until the break, the Mocs out-scored their hosts 25-8 to take a 60-45 advantage on Burroughs-Cook’s layup with 12:32 remaining. They never looked back.
Jones’ baseline jumper at 8:13 made it an 18-point affair, 69-51. Rodney Chatman extended it to its zenith, 21 points, with a layup inside a minute to go for an 88-67 cushion before settling for the 88-71 victory.
It was an efficient offensive effort shooting a season-best 58.8 percent from the field (30-51). That included 42.9 percent (6-14) from 3pt range. UTC also won the battle on the glass by one, 30-29, after trailing by five at intermission.
Tuoyo had eight rebounds and five blocks. He moved into eighth-place all-time in Southern Conference history with 205 blocks. Ironically, he passed former Owls Head Coach Lewis Preston who swatted 202 shots at VMI between the 1990 and 1993 seasons.
Jones saw his first game action since North Carolina. He missed the three prior contests with an ankle injury coming off the bench for the first time since 2013.
“I’m happy for Casey,” McCall added. “Our team is better with him out there. He didn’t try to force anything and he got 10 points, three rebounds and two assists. It’s just nice to have him out there. Hopefully, he’ll continue to stay healthy going forward.”
The Mocs return to the court at Coastal Carolina Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The game broadcasts over the airwaves on 96.1 the Legend FM in Chattanooga.