CHATTANOOGA (GoMocs.com) --- The Chattanooga Mocs dropped its first Southern Conference home game of the season with an 80-64 loss to VMI Wednesday night. Q.J. Peterson stole the show with a season-high 40-point effort for the Keydets.
Greg Pryor led the Mocs with a season-high 23 points. Tre' McLean added 11 points and eight rebounds. Julian Eleby and Armani Branch also reached double figures for VMI with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Peterson scored 28 of his 40 after the Mocs took a 32-30 lead into intermission. The Keydets went on a 12-1 run out of the break to take a nine-point lead, 42-33. Makale Foreman drilled a triple to cut it to six, but back-to-back threes from Peterson sandwiched one of the home team's 23 turnovers to get it 12, 48-36.
Tre' McLean scored five straight to slice the margin to seven, 48-41, but Peterson had the answer. After a Peterson turnover, the Keydets scored on four of six trips with Peterson's layup at 9:34 making it a 14-point affair, 58-44.
Every time the Mocs made a run threatening to get the deficit back to single digits, it seemed Peterson hit a 3pt in reply. He hit seven treys on nine attempts and was 15 of 19 overall.
Chattanooga – 15-5, 6-2 in the SoCon. VMI – 5-14, 2-6 in league play.
STAT OF THE GAME
Chattanooga shot 65.0 percent (13-20) in the first half, but just 25.0 percent (8-32) after the break. Click the stats link above for a complete look at today's statistics.
"The season is a grind. The great teams have the ability to get themselves ready for each game no matter what. I think we were just trying to get through. We weren't excited to play. The turnovers have been a problem and were a major problem tonight." – Coach Matt McCall. For more thoughts from coach and student-athletes, click the quotes link above.
The Mocs were a season-best +17 on the boards with a 38-21 advantage. It's the fewest rebounds by an opponent since IUPUI had 21 in Las Vegas on Nov. 29, 2013. For further breakdown on stats and facts from today's game, click notes link above.
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ETSU at Samford
Saturday, Jan. 28 at ETSU. Tipoff is at 4 p.m., airing on the WatchESPN app (ESPN3) as well as locally on the airwaves on Real 96.1 FM in Chattanooga. Links to live stats, video and audio (Mocs Sports Network) are on GoMocs.com's men's basketball schedule page.