Mocs can't overcome big 2nd half from Ole Miss in another loss on the road
The Chattanooga Mocs could not hold off a second-half surge from Ole Miss losing 90-70 in the Pavilion at Ole Miss Sunday evening. The Scenic City visitors took an early second-half advantage, but their hosts dominated both ends of the court over a six-minute period to earn the win.
David Jean-Baptiste led the Mocs with 15 points. Jonathan Scott added 14 and a game-high seven rebounds, while Ramon Vila chipped in a career-best 10 points off the bench. The Rebels duo of Terence Davis and Breein Tyree scored 20 apiece with Davis also recording seven assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Back-to-back Jean-Baptiste three-pointers put the good guys up six, 45-39, with 16:52 minutes remaining in the contest. It capped a 22-5 run over seven-plus minutes of clock time dating back to an 11-point deficit, 34-23, with just over four minutes to go in the first half.
The momentum shifted quickly. The Rebels out-scored their visitors 28-0 beginning with a Davis three. It was the first of four straight 3pt possessions. In all, the hosts scored on 10 of their next 12 trips to the offensive end before Thomas Smallwood’s three-point play at 10:14 ended the slide. A.J. Caldwell’s three with 9:07 left cut the margin to 16.
"We turned the ball over in a six-minute stretch and that really hurt," Coach Lamont Paris acknowledged. "We started pressing the paint and took some quick shots. We didn't perform around the basket and just didn't make it happen. But, even still, as whatever it was, as bad as it felt, as bad as it had gotten, a young team has to learn. I thought we looked up and saw 16 points and didn't see it as it was.
"We saw slam dunks, we saw crowd, we didn't see it as it was, and that affected how we performed."
It got back to 16 again on a Vila layup at 7:30. It got no closer. The pivotal stretch was the 28-0 run over 6:38. The remaining 33:22? The Mocs out-scored their SEC opponent 70-62.
Chattanooga ends their 3-game road trip Tuesday at UT Martin. The game airs on ESPN+ at 8:30 p.m., Eastern time. They complete the pre-holiday slate at home with a lunch date with Bryan. The businessperson special is a Noon start on Friday, Dec. 21. Tickets are available on GoMocs.com or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627).