Mocs pour it on Samford with 105-67 win at McKenzie Arena
Several Chattanooga Mocs turned in career performances in today’s 105-67 triumph over Samford. There’s Ramon Vila’s 24 points, David Jean-Baptiste’s eight assists, Matt Ryan’s six assists and Stefan Kenic’s five 3pt made. Altogether, it led to a runaway win in McKenzie Arena.
The 38-point margin of victory is the highest in a SoCon game for Chattanooga since the 125-85 dispatching of The Citadel on Feb. 1, 2016. It was the worst loss for the Bulldogs in league play since an 81-43 loss at Wofford on Jan. 22, 2011.
"It might sound crazy, but it was because of the way we defended,” Coach Lamont Paris summed up the day. “Our defense got us 105 points. I mean that, and I said that to the guys in the locker room. The job we did on their ball screen situations and especially on Josh Starkey.
“He's a really good player and we did such a good job there.”
Vila’s 24 came in a sterling 10-16 shooting performance. Ryan added 20 points and seven rebounds, while Jean-Baptiste chipped in 19. Kenic tallied 17 making all five of his 3pt attempts in a 6-8 night from the field. Josh Sharkey led the Bulldogs with 21 points and five steals, the most by an opponent this season.
It started early with the Mocs building their advantage to as many 23, 36-13, on a Ryan triple at 6:37. Samford closed the half with a 17-5 spurt to go into intermission at a manageable 11-point deficit (41-30).
Chattanooga scored on eight of the first nine second-half possessions increasing the lead to 23 on two Vila free throws. He scored 14 of 24 leading the second surge that engulfed the visitors. It never drifted south of 20 the rest of the way.
The 30-point plateau was topped on Ryan’s fifth three-pointer making it 92-60 with 4:20 remaining. He hit his sixth of the seven attempts on the next trip, Kenic followed with a layup and three of his own to get to the 100-point mark at 2:22. The largest lead of 40 came on Trey Doomes layup with 31 seconds to go, the final points of the night for the home team.
“We made a couple shots, don't get me wrong,” Paris continued. “The lead extended and they felt like they had to be extra aggressive. If you don't turn it over, on the other side of the defensive pressure are usually high percentage shots. We were able to get some of those. With our ball screen coverage, the plan that we had today, the execution was pristine.
“And I never really say that too much. Maybe pretty good, but it was pristine in what we were trying to do, and what we did do."
The 3-game homestand wraps up with Wofford (Jan. 15) on Wednesday. Tickets are available on GoMocs.com as well as calling the McKenzie Arena box office during working hours at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).