Mocs fall to No. 24 Wofford at home, 80-54
CHATTANOOGA (GoMocs.com) --The Chattanooga Mocs dropped an 80-54 decision to newly-ranked Wofford Thursday night in McKenzie Arena. The 24th-ranked Terriers used a strong surge around halftime to pull away.
Donovann Toatley's three with 30 seconds until the break cut the deficit to seven, 38-31. In a tough defensive possession, Wofford's Fletcher Magee rose for a contested three that found the bottom of the net beating the halftime buzzer.
That momentum propelled his squad to start the second frame. Wofford completed a 23-2 run with a Matt Pegram three at 15:01. That made the tally 61-33. Cold shooting throughout the half, 29.6 percent (8-27) doomed any comeback hopes for the good guys.
"We had a couple of times where we got the ball around the basket and didn't finish," Coach Lamont Paris explained. "I think (Cam) Jackson got off to a great shot in the second half. If a guy makes a great play then kudos to him, its basketball...people score points but we let them catch it easily. There wasn't enough resistance."
Toatley led the Mocs with 16 points and tied for team-high honors with Justin Brown grabbing six rebounds. David Jean-Baptiste and Ramon Vila each added 10.
Magee paced the Terriers with a game-high 18. Jackson chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Nathan Hoover scored 11.
The Mocs complete the regular season Saturday. It's a Senior Day matinee against Furman, with a 2 p.m., start. Tickets are on sale at the link above or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627).
"We have to play better, we have to compete better," Paris added. "At the end of the day it comes down to us competing better. Not by doing something extraordinarily from a basketball standpoint, but by doing something extraordinarily well or doing something that involves extraordinary effort."
Chattanooga 12-18/7-10 | No. 24 Wofford 25-4/17-0
3 NOTES TO KNOW
Check out the full complement of notes at the link above.
- First visit by a ranked opponent since No. 15 Georgia Tech on Dec. 14, 2009…last ranked SoCon opponent to come to the Roundhouse was No. 20 College of Charleston on Feb. 13, 1999, a 58-53 loss…1-2 all-time against ranked league opponents defeating No. 15 ETSU 76-74 on Jan. 21, 1991.
- Chattanooga clinched a top 6 berth in the upcoming Ingles Southern Conference Championship presented by General Shale…it's the five seed if they finish alone in fifth but the sixth in any tie-breaker scenario with Mercer and Samford which are tied for sixth at 6-11.
- 41st meeting with Wofford with all but two matchups coming since the Terriers joined the SoCon in 1997-98…23-18 series lead, 20-17 in regular season conference matchups…13-6 in the Roundhouse.
3 STATS TO KNOW
Check out the full stats at the link above.
- Chattanooga managed just 15.4 percent shooting from 3pt range making four of 26…that included a 1-13 performance (7.7%) in the second half…fewest 3s made since four at UNCG on Dec. 29 and lowest percentage since a season-low 6.3 percent (1-16) at South Alabama.
- Donovann Toatley's six rebounds tied his season high for rebounds with six…the team was -3 on the glass…10 of Wofford's 11 offensive rebounds came in the second 20.
- Justin Brown played a career-high 25 minutes off the bench with four points and six boards…the score differential was -4 with him on the court, -22 in the 14:46 he was off it.
Check out all of what we heard at the quotes link above.
"He made some plays, the thing I like the most is that he is a competitive guy and he wanted to attack. His efficiency as a driver is something that he has to get better at, he can get in there he just needs to be more efficient. He was aggressive and competitive." – Coach Lamont Paris on Donovann Toatley's night.
"One thing we can take away is how important rebounding the ball is, in the second half that killed us. It also killed us when we played them back at their place." – David Jean-Baptiste.
UNCG 100, at The Citadel 96
at VMI 84, Mercer 71
Furman 90, at Samford 81
March 2 (Saturday)
Furman at Chattanooga, 2 p.m.
The Citadel at VMI, 1 p.m.
Wofford at Samford, 2 p.m.
Western Carolina at ETSU, 4 p.m.
UNCG at Mercer, 4:30 p.m.
SOCON TOURNAMENT TICKETS
The Ingles Southern Conference Championships Presented by General Shale is March 8-11 in Asheville, N.C. Tickets are available here on GoMocs.com as well as the Gate 1 Ticket Office at McKenzie Arena. Chattanooga Tournament Headquarters is at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park.