Mocs win running away 92-61 over Cumberland
CHATTANOOGA (Gomocs.com) --- The Chattanooga Mocs used an historic-type performance from grad transfer Thomas Smallwood to run away with a 92-61 triumph over Cumberland. Smallwood had his first collegiate double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds, tying for fourth-most in McKenzie Arena history.
The Phoenix hung around with the Mocs for the better part of 32 minutes. Kareem Wright’s free throw with 8:12 remaining cut the home team’s advantage to 10, 61-51.
Chattanooga bolted with a quick 9-0 spurt to get the lead to 19, 70-51, on two Smallwood free throws at 6:15. The run extended to 22-4 over four-plus minutes after a Donovann Toatley free throw made it 83-55 for the good guys.
Keigan Kerby’s 3pt with 1:59 left made it a 31-point affair, 88-57. It reached its largest margin of 33 twice. Once on a Justin Brown layup and later on two Toatley free throws. Brandon Levier closed the scoring with a layup at the buzzer for the final 31-point spread, 92-61.
Kevin Easley tied Smallwood for game-high scoring honors with 18 points. Toatley added 12 as both freshmen contributed four assists. Ty Sean Powell led three Phoenix in double figures with 15.
Chattanooga 2-1 | Cumberland: 5-0 (exhibition game for CU)
Chattanooga leads the all-time series 7-1…5-0 in Chattanooga, 3-0 in McKenzie Arena.
3 NOTES TO KNOW
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- Season-high 92 points…highest point total since 101 in overtime at The Citadel on Jan. 13, 2018…most in regulation since 95 last November against Tennessee Wesleyan.
- Most rebounds (50) since garnering 55 in last January’s home win over Samford…grabbed 37 of the Phoenix 41 misses for a 90.2 defensive rebound percentage…entered the game second in the Southern Conference with a 79.4 percent rate…that’s increased to 83.5 percent.
- 18 rebounds for Thomas Smallwood ties for the fourth-most in the program’s DI era (starting 1977-78)…also fourth most at McKenzie Arena behind Mindaugas Katelynas (21), Vincent Robinson (20) and Makinde London (19)…third-highest in regulation.
3 STATS TO KNOW
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- Kevin Easley tied Thomas Smallwood for game-high honors tonight with 18 points. Third straight double-figure game for Easley and second in a row with the high point total for the Mocs. He leads the team with a 17.7 point-per-game average.
- All nine student-athletes who saw action scored six or more points playing at least 15 minutes.
- 42-18 advantage on points in the paint.
"It was an inspired performance. He was really active and just involved in a lot of the rebounds in which he corralled. I thought he looked really fresh and very active on both sides of the court, especially grabbing rebounds. That'll build his confidence in his ability to do that." – Coach Lamont Paris on Thomas Smallwood’s performance.
"I'm extremely happy to coach these guys…I told them that on multiple occasions. I like them, I like what they're about. They don't always like what I say to them, but that's part of the growing process of being coached and all that. I like who they are as people, like who they are as citizens, I like who they are as members of this community, and I'm proud of what they do. I enjoy coaching them.” – Coach Paris on the start to the season.
"It's the best, by far. I haven't played a lot in college so I think as far as getting a double-double, that's something I want to do moving forward. That's by far the best point-rebound performance of my career … so far." – Thomas Smallwood.
Friday, Nov. 16: at South Alabama, 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: vs. Southeast Missouri, 5:05 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: vs. Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.
UNCG 82, at UNCW 61
at Georgia State 62, Mercer 60
at Furman 88, Gardner-Webb 86 (OT)
at Wofford 94, Carver Bible 35