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Mocs Host Former Arch-Rival Marshall Tuesday Night

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CHATTANOOGA (GoMocs.com)---The Chattanooga Mocs welcome back an old friend Tuesday night. Former Southern Conference rival Marshall enters McKenzie Arena with both teams off to good starts. For the second year in a row, UTC stands at 6-2 through eight games, while the Thundering Herd comes in at 5-2.
 
The Mocs are riding a three-game win streak after Saturday's dismantling of ULM 79-52. All six wins this season are by double digits. They face a high-paced Marshall attack that's scored 70 or more points in all seven games, something not done in Huntington since Billy Donovan paced the sidelines as head coach in 1995-96.
 
"Marshall is a name in Conference USA that plays a brand of basketball that is exciting and really turned it on towards the end of last season," Coach Matt McCall opened. "[Dan D'Antoni]'s done an unbelievable job with the program and getting it going in the right direction.
 
"It's a game fans should be excited about…there have been some battles over the years. Walking around town people are always telling me how excited they are for the Marshall game."
 
Justin Tuoyo paces the balanced Mocs effort at 14.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. The blocks average ranks fifth nationally. Greg Pryor contributes 13.8 points per contest with Tre' McLeanadding 12.3. McLean's posted 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game during the three straight wins.
 
"I think these guys have approached each game the right way, and played the game like something is on the line," McCall continued. "I think we made tremendous strides over these last two weeks coming out of New York. We've had the right approach, and there will be no difference tomorrow as far as our approach to the game."
 
Marshall opened the season with four wins in a row. Its five victories came against N.C. Central, Morehead State, Western Carolina, Jackson State and Ohio. The Herd feature five scoring in double figures led by VMI transfer Jon Elmore's 21.4 points per game. Stevie Browning (13.4), Terrence Thompson (12.0), Austin Loop (11.6) and Ryan Taylor (11.5) join Elmore as the squad runs up an 83.3 scoring average.
 
"At the end of the day I think it boils down to the three-point line," McCall explained. "I think it starts there for them. For us to defend them, we can't allow any rhythm threes. Where they can one-two step right into their shot. They have terrific back-court players who play a lot of minutes and never get tired. It presents a challenge when they spread the floor and there's shooters all over the place…it creates a really explosive team."
 
Chattanooga leads the series 28-19 with nearly all matchups coming during a 20-year run in the SoCon. The duo dominated the league tournament in the 1980's winning seven – UTC (4)/Marshall (3) – of the 10 titles as well as claiming nine regular season crowns (Mocs 6/Herd 3).
 
"I think our team and these players probably don't have a big idea on what this [history] means to the fans of Chattanooga and to the fans of Marshall," McCall added. "Our staff is trying to do a good job of explaining it to them. Explaining to them how important this game is to a lot of people in this town.
 
"We hope that gets us a good turnout and brings people to the arena for the game."
 
The 7 p.m., start airs online on the SoCon Digital Network and over the airwaves at Real 96.1 FM in Chattanooga. Links to tickets, live stats, video and audio (Mocs Sports Network) are on GoMocs.com's men's basketball schedule page. Click the link above for game notes for both programs when available.
 
It's Toys for Tots Night. Bring a toy and receive a buy one, get one free ticket voucher.
 
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