Mocs Roll to 102-54 Triumph in Home Opener
The Chattanooga Mocs (2-1) hit three-pointers on each of their first three possessions and never looked back in a 102-54 win over Hiwassee (4-3). Four Mocs reached double figures led by Rodney Chatman's 16.
CHATTANOOGA---The Chattanooga Mocs (2-1) hit three-pointers on each of their first three possessions and never looked back in a 102-54 win over Hiwassee (4-3). Four Mocs reached double figures led by Rodney Chatman's 16.
Chatman added five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Joining him in double digits were Justin Tuoyo(15), Johnathan Burroughs-Cook (13) and Makinde London (12). Daniel Graves had 14 points off the bench for the Tigers.
The Mocs opened the game on a 12-0 run capped by a Tre' McLean 3pt at the 16:46 mark. The lead quickly reached 20, 26-6, on London's slam six-and-a-half minutes later. London made it a 30-point game, 40-10, with a layup with 3:44 to go until the break.
"I thought our starting five really came with the right mindset in the game," Coach Matt McCall noted. "[They] Got us off to a great start. I think anytime you're coming off a weekend like we had, it would be easy to come into a game like this complacent.
"As a coach you're concerned about complacency and playing the game the right way."
Tuoyo extended it to 40-plus, 61-20, with a dunk at 15:45. The lead reached its zenith of 49 five minutes later on a Chatman layup. The 48-point final margin is the largest in Matt McCall's two seasons eclipsing the 40-point victory over The Citadel (125-85) on Feb. 1, 2016.
Chattanooga shot 57.6 percent from the floor making 38 of 66 shot attempts. It drilled 48.6 percent beyond the arc making a school-record 17. Defensively, Hiwassee was limited to 27.9 percent (17-61) from the field, 26.1 percent (6-23) from 3pt range.
"Going into this weekend, we're going to need our bench playing two games," McCall added. "We play at 8:30 p.m., on Saturday night, and either play at noon or 2:30 p.m., the next day, which is a quick turnaround. I've never even heard of that. I thought it was important to play those guys. Everybody played double figure minutes. The only person that played over 25 was Nat Dixon. So I thought it was good night overall."
Next up is Central Arkansas Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The matchup is in West Point, N.Y., as a regional contest of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. It follows Arkansas State at Army West Point in the opener at 6 p.m.
Listen to the contest on 96.1 the Legend in Chattanooga. Links to live stats 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.