Monday, January 23, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (1-23-17)




Sunday's scores......
Here's the results of Sunday's lone contest.


Wofford at ETSU
Guard play lifts Bucs to win over Wofford, 79-72
Guards T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.), Desonta Bradford (Humboldt) and A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) combined to go 17-of-26 from the field and scored 50 points as ETSU held off a stingy Wofford squad 79-72 Sunday afternoon in Southern Conference men’s basketball action at Freedom Hall. The Bucs – who shot 58 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Terriers 31-23 for the game – improved to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in SoCon play. Meanwhile, Wofford dropped to 8-12, 3-4.
Attendance: 4/034

Current Standings......
1-UNCG       7-1 (17-5)
2-UTC          6-1 (15-4)
3-Furman      5-2 (12-8)
4-ETSU        5-2 (15-5)
5-Samford    4-4 (13-7)
6-Wofford     3-4 (8-12)
7-Mercer      3-5 (9-12)
8-Citadel      2-7 (9-13)
9-VMI          1-6 (4-14)
9-WCU        1-6 (6-14)



Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
1 - ACC

11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - MAAC
15- Southern
16 - Mid-America

23 - Ohio Valley
24 - Conference USA
25 - Big South
26 - Atlantic Sun


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (1-22-17)




Saturday's scores......
Here's the results of Saturday's four contests.



Mercer at Western Carolina
Holland leads Mercer to 70-50 win over Western Carolina
Ria'n Holland drilled 5 of 9 from beyond the arc for 23 points as Mercer bounced back from two straight defeats to dominate Western Carolina 70-50 on Saturday. The Bears hit 11 of 24 from distance, shooting 50 percent from the floor. Western Carolina made just 2 of 17 long range attempts, and 16 of 51 (31 percent) field goals. Mercer (9-12, 3-5 Southern Conference), which jumped out to a 43-23 halftime advantage, shot 60 percent from the floor in the opening half while limiting the Catamounts to just 36 percent shooting. The Bears were up 61-48 with 4:04 remaining in the game.
Attendance: 1,685


VMI at Furman
Furman’s Reserves Power Paladins Past VMI, 89-72
Senior Kris Acox netted 18 points and the Paladin bench accounted for 48 points, including 18 from Andrew Brown and 17 from Jordan Lyons, as Furman handled VMI, 89-72, in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena. The win marked Furman's school-record 13th consecutive home victory versus SoCon opposition and improved the Paladins to 12-8 overall and 5-2 in league play. VMI dropped to 4-14 overall and 1-6 in the SoCon. Furman tallied a season-high 25 assists on 33 baskets and managed a 32-26 rebounding edge on the strength of a team-high six boards from Acox.
Attendance: 1,734


Samford at Chattanooga
Mocs Hold Off Samford 82-78 in SoCon Play
Tre' McLean's 23 points and nine rebounds led the Chattanooga Mocs to an 82-78 triumph over Samford in Southern Conference action Saturday evening. The Mocs jumped out to a large first half lead before holding on in the end. The advantage was as much as 18 in the opening 20 minutes for the home squad. It was 10, 72-62, with 4:37 to go after a four-point play from McLean following a foul and technical on the Bulldogs. The visitors chipped away at the advantage.
Attendance: 4,622


The Citadel at UNCG
Men's Basketball Wins Sixth Stright With 81-72 Victory Over The Citadel
The UNCG men’s basketball team ran its winning streak to six-straight games Saturday evening as the Spartans completed the season series sweep of The Citadel with an 81-72 victory at the Greensboro Coliseum. The six-game winning streak marks the second time this season that UNCG has won six in a row. This is the first time in program history at the NCAA Division I level that UNCG has tallied two winning streaks of at least six games each in a single season. The Spartans’ 16-5 overall record is the second-best start in program history and surpasses last season’s win total (15-19) in just 21 games this year. UNCG’s 16 wins also ranks seventh most in a single season for the Spartans in the NCAA Division I era. The victory improves the Spartans to 7-1 in Southern Conference play and keeps UNCG alone in first place. The 7-1 start is the Spartans’ best ever start in SoCon play.
Attendance: 2,783



Standings......
1-UNCG       7-1 (17-5)
2-UTC          6-1 (15-4)
3-Furman      5-2 (12-8)
4-ETSU        4-2 (14-5)
5-Samford    4-4 (13-7)
6-Wofford     3-3 (8-11)
7-Mercer      3-5 (9-12)
8-Citadel      2-7 (9-13)
9-WCU        1-6 (6-14)
9-VMI          1-6 (4-14)


Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
1 - ACC

11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14- Southern
15 - MAAC
16 - Mid-America

23 - Ohio Valley
24 - Conference USA
25 - Big South
26 - Atlantic Sun




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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday's SoCon basketball games



Saturday's games.....
Only four games  are on the schedule today, all are on ESPN3. The big game for the day is Samford at Chattanooga.



Mercer (8-12, 2-5 Southern) at Western Carolina (6-13, 1-5 Southern) 2 pm - ESPN3
Ramsey Center Cullowhee, North Carolina - Bears are a 6.5 point favorite


VMI (4-13, 1-5 Southern) at Furman (11-8, 4-2 Southern) 4 pm ESPN3
Timmons Arena Greenville, South Carolina - Paladins are a 15.5 point favorite


Samford (13-6, 4-2 Southern) at Chattanooga (14-4, 5-1 Southern) 5 pm - ESPN3
McKenzie Arena Chattanooga, Tennessee - Mocs are a 10.5 point favorite


The Citadel (9-12, 2-6 Southern) at UNCG (15-5, 6-1 Southern) 5 pm - ESPN3
Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina - Spartans are a 13 point favorite



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Friday, January 20, 2017

Cats sweep weekly Track & Field awards



Western Carolina senior shot putters Scott Peretin and Hailey Cook have been named Southern Conference men’s and women’s field athletes of the week for competition held Jan. 9-15-17.

Peretin set a career personal-record after finishing third in the men’s shot put at the ETSU Invitational with a mark of 15.67m on Saturday. His distance of 15.67m was the best mark in the SoCon after the opening weekend of the 2017 indoor season. The Chapel Hill, N.C., native also claimed fourth place in the weight throw and currently ranks second in the conference.

Cook won the shot put on the women’s side for the Catamounts at the ETSU Invitational. The Hendersonville, N.C., native achieved a mark of 14.41m to claim first place for the Catamounts. Cook currently ranks first among all SoCon performers through the first weekend of action.













SoCon Men’s Indoor Field Athletes of the Week
Jan. 19: Scott Peretin, Western Carolina, Shot Put

SoCon Women’s Indoor Field Athletes of the Week
Jan. 19: Hailey Cook, Western Carolina, Shot Put



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SoCon Basketball Update (1-20-17)



Thursday's games....
Here's the results of Thursday's four SoCon games.


The Citadel  at  Western Carolina 
Western Carolina out-paces The Citadel, 100-95
It was 37 years ago that Western Carolina's Ronnie Carr made the first 3-point shot in NCAA Division I history, at the Catamounts' old Reid Gym. Thursday night, The Citadel and Western Carolina staged a tribute of sorts, combining to make 24 of the long-range shots. When the air was finally cleared of basketballs, WCU emerged with a 100-95 victory over The Citadel at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C. The Bulldogs made 15 of 38 from 3-point range, including 8 of 12 by freshman Preston Parks, who led The Citadel with 28 points. Western Carolina countered by going 9 of 16, including Elijah Pughsley's 6 of 9 for 28 points.
Attendance:  1,561


ETSU  at  Furman
Furman Rolls Past ETSU To Claim 12th Straight SoCon Home Victory, 75-62
Furman recorded 13 steals and scored 24 points off 20 ETSU turnovers en route to a 75-62 victory over the Buccaneers in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday evening at Timmons Arena. The win marked the Paladins' 12th consecutive home victory against SoCon opposition and improved Furman to 11-8 overall and 4-2 in league play. ETSU dipped to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the SoCon. Senior Kris Acox led the Paladins with 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and added a team-best eight rebounds. Davis III connected on 7-of-8 free throw attempts to total 14 points and Sibley added 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Daniel Fowler dished out six assists and notched three steals, while Andrew Brown came off of the bench to tally nine points. The Paladins limited ETSU to 37.9% shooting, including just a 3-for-21 effort from three-point range. Furman connected on 47.2% of its shots and made good on 18-of-28 trips to the foul line. Despite being out-rebounded 40-37, Furman held the Bucs to just three second chance points and the Paladins posted a 24-13 edge in points off turnovers. T.J. Cromer led ETSU with 20 points and A.J. Merriweather added 12 points. Desonta Bradford grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Bucs.
Attendance:  1,609


VMI  at  Wofford
Jackson Leads Terriers Past VMI 88-70
Cameron Jackson scored a career high 25 points to pace the Wofford Terriers to an 88-70 win over VMI on Thursday night in the Benjamin Johnson Arena. With the win, Wofford improves to 8-11 on the season and 3-3 in conference play, winning back to back conference games for the first time this season, while VMI falls to 4-13 overall and 1-5 in Southern Conference play. The Terriers are 7-1 inside Benjamin Johnson Arena this season and the Keydets remain winless (0-10) in road games.
Attendance: 1,458


Mercer  at  UNCG
What a Comeback! Men's Basketball Stuns Mercer 68-66 in final minutes on Baldwin 3-pointer
UNCG men’s basketball senior guard Diante Baldwin (Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian) had a flair for the dramatic Thursday night as Baldwin hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds remaining and the Spartans closed the final 2:49 of the game on a 15-5 run to stun Southern Conference foe Mercer 68-66 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The victory ran the Spartans’ winning streak to five-straight games and improved UNCG to 15-5 overall on the season and 6-1 in league play, alone in first place in the SoCon. The Spartans also matched their win total from all of last season with the 15th victory Thursday as UNCG is off to the second-best start in school history and the best since the 1994-95 season.
Attendance:  2,073


Standings......
UNCG        6-1  (15-5)
UTC           5-1  (14-4)
ETSU        4-2  (14-5)
Samford     4-2  (13-6)
Furman      4-2  (11-8)
Wofford      3-3  (8-11)
Mercer        2-5 (8-12)
Citadel        2-6 (9-12)
WCU           1-5 (6-13)
VMI            1-5 (4-13)


Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
1 - ACC

11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - MAAC
15 - Mid-America
16- Southern

23 - Ohio Valley
24 - Big South
25 - Conference USA
26 - Atlantic Sun



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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Coach Hunter's Post-game interview - The Citadel

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Player of the Game - The Citadel




The Purple & Gold Player of the Game  for Thursday night's The Citadel contest is sophomore guard Elijah Pughsley. 






Pughsley came off the bench to lead the Catamounts with a game and career high of 28 points. He hit 8 of 11 field goals (73%), and 6 of 9 from shots from beyond the arc.

Pughsley also pulled down 4 rebounds and had 4 assists





Purple & Gold congratulates Elijah Pughsley on his selection.




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Thursday's SoCon basketball games



Here is the rundown of today's Southern Conference games......
Only 8 teams are in action tonight, all games tip off at 7 pm and will be carried on ESPN3


VMI (4-12, 1-4 SoCon)  at  Wofford (7-11, 2-3 Southern) 7 pm - ESPN3
BenJo Arena, Spartanburg, South Carolina - The Terriers are a 12 point favorite


The Citadel (9-11, 2-5 SoCon)  at  Western Carolina (5-13, 0-5 Southern)   7 pm  -  ESPN3
Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, North Carolina - The Cats are a 1.5 point favorite


ETSU (14-4, 4-1 SoCon)  at  Furman (10-8, 3-2 Southern)  7 pm  -  ESPN3
Timmons Arena, Greenville, South Carolina - The Bucs are a 4 point favorite


Mercer (8-11, 2-4 SoCon)  at  UNCG (14-5, 5-1 Southern) 7 pm - ESPN3
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina - The Spartans are 5 point favorites


Standings......
UTC           5-1 (14-4)
UNCG        5-1  (14-5)
ETSU         4-1  (14-4)
Samford      4-2  (13-6)
Furman       3-2  (10-8)
Wofford       2-3  (7-11)
Mercer        2-4  (8-11)
Citadel        2-5  (9-11)
VMI            1-4  (4-12)
WCU           0-5  (5-13)


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (1-15-17)



Saturday's games....
A full slate of games was played Saturday, involving all 10 teams.


UNCG at VMI
Men's Basketball remains perfect on the road in SoCon play with a win at VMI 
The UNCG men’s basketball team continued its winning ways Saturday afternoon as the Spartans picked up their 14th winning of the season and improved to 5-1 in Southern Conference play with a 91-82 victory over hosting VMI at Cameron Hall. The victory keeps the Spartans on top of the SoCon standings and runs their winning streak to four straight games while moving UNCG to 3-0 on the road this season in league play. The 14-5 start for the Spartans is the best in 21 years, matching the 1995-96 campaign for the second-best start in program history.
Attendance:  889

Samford at The Citadel
Hoops Earns Key SoCon Win At The Citadel, 98-90
The Samford University basketball team used a multitude of top-notch offensive performances Saturday to roll past The Citadel Bulldogs, 98-90, in a pivotal Southern Conference contest held at McAlister Fieldhouse. With the win, Samford (13-6, 4-2 SoCon) remained undefeated in away conference games this season and improved to 3-0 when facing league opponents on the road. The Bulldogs also extended their winning streak to three straight games against The Citadel (9-11, 2-5 SoCon).
Attendance:  1,175

Chattanooga at Mercer
Mocs Make Plays in 70-68 Win at Mercer
Senior Justin Tuoyo came up with a huge blocked shot with less than 10 seconds to play in the Chattanooga Mocs 70-68 Southern Conference win at Mercer. The win keeps the Mocs in a tie atop the SoCon standings with UNCG at 5-1.
Attendance:  3,672

Western Carolina at ETSU
Bucs race to early lead and cruise past WCU, 75-52
Making its first seven shots of the game and shooting 73 percent in the first half, the ETSU men’s basketball team built a 21-point halftime lead and then cruised to a 75-52 win over Southern Conference rival Western Carolina Saturday afternoon inside Freedom Hall. Defensively, the Bucs hounded the Catamounts relentlessly, forcing 27 turnovers and holding WCU to just 36 percent from the floor. With the loss, Western dropped to 5-13, 0-5. Indeed, no Western Carolina player finished in double figures on the night, and the Bucs actually hit more field goals in the first half alone (19) than the Catamounts had in the game (17).
Attendance:  4,342

Furman at Wofford
Wofford Holds Off Furman, 67-58
Forward Cameron Jackson tallied a career-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds and Wofford connected on 5-of-7 three-point attempts during a key six-minute stretch in the second half to down Furman, 67-58, on Saturday night at the Benjamin Johnson Arena. The loss dropped the Paladins to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in Southern Conference play, while Wofford improved to 7-11 overall and 2-3 in the league. Wofford shot 45.3% from the field, including 54% in the second half, and managed a 39-31 rebounding edge. Devin Sibley led Furman with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting and Acox his 7-of-12 shots to finish with 16 points and eight rebounds. Fowler contributed 13 points and a team-high nine boards. The Paladins shot 41.7%, but made just 4-of-20 three-point tries and converted on just 4-of-10 trips to the foul line.
Attendance:  2,675

Standings......
UTC           5-1 (14-4)
UNCG        5-1 (14-5)
ETSU         4-1 (14-4)
Samford      4-2 (13-6)
Furman       3-2 (10-8)
Wofford      2-3 (7-11)
Mercer        2-4 (8-11)
Citadel        2-5 (9-11)
VMI            1-4 (4-12)
WCU           0-5 (5-13)


Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
1 - ACC

11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - Southern

23 - Ohio Valley
24 - Conference USA
25 - Big South
26 - Atlantic Sun



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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday's SoCon Basketball



Saturday's games......
There is a full slate of five conference games on Saturday.  All games can be seen on ESPN3



UNCG (13-5, 4-1 Southern) VMI (4-11, 1-3 Southern)  1 pm


Samford (12-6, 3-2 Southern) at The Citadel (9-10, 2-4 Southern)  1 pm


Western Carolina (5-12, 0-4 Southern) at ETSU. (13-4, 3-1 Southern)   4 pm


Chattanooga (13-4, 4-1 Southern) at Mercer (8-10, 2-3 Southern)  4:30 pm


Furman (10-7, 3-1 Southern) at Wofford (6-11, 1-3 Southern)   7 pm


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Friday, January 13, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (1-13-17)




Thursday's games.......

Two more games were on the tap for Thursday, No real surprise in the out some of either of these games, as both were toss-ups, who wanted the win more.


UNCG  at  ETSU
Outside shooting lifts UNCG past ETSU, 83-79
It took an uncharacteristically good shooting performance and an individual player hitting more threes in a single game than he had all season, but the UNCG Spartans were glad to take the effort in a hard fought 83-79 win over the ETSU men’s basketball team Thursday night at Freedom Hall. In a matchup of teams atop the Southern Conference standings, the Spartans connected on 13 3-pointers, shot a remarkable 65 percent (13-of-20) from beyond the arc, and got five 3-pointers from post R.J. White – a player who had made three 3-pointers all season – to improve to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in SoCon play. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers – who entered the game in first place – remain tied for first in the loss column, dropping to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in league action.
Attendance:  4,112

Western Carolina  at  VMI
Keydets Capture Dramatic Win Over WCU, 79-78
In a game that featured seven ties and 18 lead changes, Keith Smith blocked a potential go-ahead three-pointer as time expired and the VMI Keydets defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts, 79-78, in SoCon basketball action Thursday night at Cameron Hall in Lexington, Va. WCU (5-12, 0-4 SoCon) had cut the margin to one with two Elijah Pughsley free throws with 36 seconds to go, but Trey Chapman missed the front end of a one and one with nine ticks on the clock. Pughsley rebounded and rushed into the front court, but after a pair of passes, was forced into a desperation three-pointer. Smith blocked the attempt easily, setting off the home team's celebration. In the victory, VMI shot 27 of 57 overall (47.4%) and overcame a 20-point deficit (38-18) in the paint. The Keydets were 13 of 34 from downtown (38.2%), including a combined 7 of 11 by Smith and Eleby, and finished 12 of 16 (75%) from the line. WCU shot 29 of 63 overall (46%) and 11 of 15 from the line (73.3%). The Catamounts were 9 of 20 from three-point range overall (45%), including 6 of 12 (50%) in the second half.
Attendance: 718


Standings......
UTC         4-1 (13-4)
UNCG       4-1 (13-5)
ETSU       3-1 (13-4)
Furman     3-1 (10-7)
Samford    3-2 (12-6)
Citadel      2-4 (9-10)
Wofford     1-3 (6-11)
Mercer      2-3 (8-10)
VMI          1-3 (4-11)
WCU         0-4 (5-12)



Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
1 - ACC

11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - Southern

23 - Ohio Valley
24 - Big South
25 - Conference USA
26 - Atlantic Sun



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (1-12-17)


Wednesday's results......
Two game were scheduled for Wednesday.


The Citadel at Chattanooga
Mocs Topple Bulldogs 83-73 in SoCon Matchup
Johnathan Burroughs-Cook's season-high 20 points led four in double figures in an 83-73 Southern Conference win over The Citadel. Thirteen of the 20 came in the second half. The Mocs held the nation's top scoring team more than 24 points shy of its 97.2 scoring average. It was just the sixth time The Citadel has been limited to less than 75 in a game.
Attendance:  3,143

Mercer at Samford 
Hot-Shooting Mercer Holds on for 68-65 Win at Samford
Mercer tied a season-high 14 3-pointers and Stephon Jelks notched a double-double as Mercer held on for a 68-65 win at Samford Wednesday night. The Bears trailed 31-30 at the break and the teams battled back-and-forth in the second until Jelks sank a 3-pointer that gave the Bears the lead for good, 61-59, with 5:04 to play. A pair of free throws by Wyatt Walker brought Samford to within one, 66-65, with six seconds to play but Rashad Lewis replied for Mercer with two foul shots of his own and Samford's Christen Cunningham missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Attendance:  1,826

Standings......
UTC         4-1 (13-4)
ETSU       3-0 (13-3)
UNCG      3-1 (12-5)
Furman     3-1 (10-7)
Samford   3-2 (12-6)
Citadel      2-4 (9-10)
Wofford    1-3 (6-11)
Mercer     2-3 (8-10)
WCU        0-3 (5-11)
VMI         0-3 (3-11)


Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
1 - ACC

11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - Southern

23 - Ohio Valley
24 - Big South
25 - Conference USA
26 - Atlantic Sun


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wednesday's SoCon Basketball



Only four teams playing in tonight's two scheduled games.


The Citadel (9-9, 2-3 Southern) at Chattanooga (12-4, 3-1 Southern)  7 pm, watch on ESPN3


Mercer (7-10, 1-3 Southern) at Samford (12-5, 3-1 Southern)  8 pm, watch on ESPN3



Standings......
ETSU         3-0 (13-3)
UTC           3-1 (12-4)
Samford     3-1 (12-5)
UNCG        3-1 (12-5)
Furman      3-1 (10-7)
Citadel       2-3 (9-9)
Mercer       1-3 (7-10)
Wofford      1-3 (6-11)
WCU         0-3 (5-11)
VMI           0-3 (3-11)



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Monday, January 9, 2017

The 2017 WCU Football Signing Day Reception

The WCU Football Signing Day Event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, due to space limitations, attendance is limited to Catamount Club members at the Top Cat Level and above.

Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations           

The 2017 WCU Softball Schedule

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SoCon Basketball Update (1-9-17)



Sunday's results.....
There was only one game on Sunday, it was the make-up from Saturday's inclement weather in Birmingham, AL.



Wofford at Samford
Walker's Tip-In At The Buzzer Lifts 'Dogs Past Wofford
With approximately four seconds remaining in overtime Sunday and the score deadlocked at 89-89, Samford's Christen Cunningham pulled up for a jumper in the lane and fired the possible game-winning shot. Cunningham's attempt rimmed out, but sophomore center Wyatt Walker grabbed the rebound with just under two seconds left and tipped it in for the decisive basket en route to the Bulldogs' thrilling 91-89 victory over the Wofford Terriers. Walker's game-winning basket helped Samford (12-5, 3-1 Southern Conference) defeat Wofford (6-11, 1-3 SoCon) at home in the Pete Hanna Center for just the second time in school history. The victory also snapped a six-game losing streak to the Terriers.
Attendance:  1,142


Standings......
ETSU       3-0 (13-3)
UTC         3-1 (12-4)
Samford   3-1 (12-5)
UNCG      3-1 (12-5)
Furman     3-1 (10-7)
Citadel      2-3 (9-9)
Mercer     1-3 (7-10)
Wofford    1-3 (6-11)
WCU        0-3 (5-11)
VMI          0-3 (3-11)


Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - MAAC
15 - Southern

22 - Ohio Valley
24 - Conference USA
25 - Atlantic Sun
26 - Big South

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

WCU & Sylva's first snow.....

Our thanks to Keith Kunstmann for sharing this great video of the season's first snowfall.......

SoCon Basketball Update (1-8-17)




Saturday's results.....

Due to the weather, the Wofford at Samford game was postponed until Sunday.  However, four games were played......


VMI at The Citadel
Najdawi, Allende Fuel 79-74 Win Over VMI
Led by big performances from Zane Najdawi and Leandro Allende, The Citadel men's basketball team topped rival VMI 79-74 inside McAlister Field House on Saturday afternoon. Neither team led by more than six points in a contest that featured 14 ties and 13 lead changes. Najdawi's 25 points led all scorers as the sophomore finished nine-of-14 from the floor and grabbed seven boards. He now has eight 20-point games this season. Allende poured in a career-best 21 points on eight-of-12 shooting and Frierson chipped in 11 as the duo combined to hit six three-pointers. The 'Dogs shot 45.3 percent from the field and led for 22:16 in the contest.
Attendance:  1,301

ETSU at Mercer
Cromer’s second half powers Bucs past Mercer, 67-58
Saturday’s game at Mercer was a tale of two halves for ETSU senior T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.). And the second half was a classic. Playing in front of a large contingent of friends and family from his nearby hometown, Cromer struggled with his shot in the first half, scoring just four points before the halftime break and going 1-of-6 from the field. However, the 6-foot-3 guard – who entered the game as the Southern Conference’s leading scorer – looked like it after the intermission, going a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and finishing with a team high 23 points, helping the Buccaneers overcome a seven-point second half deficit to race past the Bears 67-58 inside Hawkins Arena. With the win, the Bucs return to Johnson City with back-to-back SoCon road victories, improving to 13-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Meanwhile, Mercer dropped to 7-10, 1-3.
Attendance:  3,739

Furman at Chattanooga  
Mocs Prevail 80-64 over Furman in SoCon Saturday Action
The trio of Johnathan Burroughs-Cook, Justin Tuoyo and Greg Pryor combined for 47 points in the Chattanooga Mocs 80-64 win over Furman Saturday in McKenzie Arena. It was the first league loss for the Paladins. Chattanooga scored 81 points on 23-43 shooting (53.5%) with 9-20 beyond the arc (45.0%). Furman entered the game ranked No. 40 nationally in scoring defense (64.5 ppg) and No. 12 in 3pt percentage defense (28.4%). Its 40.1 field goal percentage defense led the league.
Attendance:  3,495

Western Carolina at UNCG
Strong Second Half Propels Mens Basketball to Win Over Western Carolina
The UNCG men’s basketball team opened the second half on a 31-8 run as the Spartans pulled away for a 76-57 Southern Conference victory over visiting Western Carolina Saturday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum. The victory improves the Spartans to 12-5 on the season and 3-1 in SoCon play as they head into a their next game at league-leader East Tennessee State Thursday night. The Spartans connected on 57.1 percent (28-of-49) from the field and 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from 3-point land. UNCG also held a 36-32 edge on the glass, marking the 14th time in 17 games it has out-rebounded the opponent. Western Carolina (5-11, 0-3 SoCon) finished the night shooting 34.4 percent (22-of-64) from the field and 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from 3-point land. Haboubacar Mutombo paced the attack with 14 points while Onno Steger added 10 points.
Attendance:  1,455


Standings......
ETSU          3-0  (13-3)
UTC            3-1  (12-4)
UNCG         4-1  (12-5)
Furman        3-1  (10-7)
Samford       2-1  (11-5)
Citadel         2-3  (9-9)
Wofford       1-2  (6-10)
Mercer         1-3  (7-10)
WCU           0-3  (5-11)
VMI             0-3  (3-11)


Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - MAAC
15 - Southern

22 - Ohio Valley

24 - Conference USA

26 - Atlantic Sun

27 - Big South


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Friday, January 6, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (1-6-17)




Thursday's results..... 
There was 4 games scheduled in conference play on Thursday night, only Western and UNCG did not play, but they will face each other on Saturday. Now, on to the scores.......


Wofford at Chattanooga
Mocs Claim 77-66 Win in SoCon Home Opener
The Chattanooga Mocs started slow, ran out to a big lead and withstood a late 3pt barrage in a 77-66 win over visiting Wofford Thursday night. Tre' McLean's 23-point effort led four in double figures for the Mocs. McLean scored eight points in a 12-0 run that flipped a 22-11 deficit into a 23-22 lead. UTC held the Terriers scoreless for nearly five minutes when Ryan Sawvell ended the drought with two free throws at 4:06 of the first half.
Attendance: 2,829


ETSU at The Citadel
Complete effort powers Bucs past The Citadel, 115-71
The Citadel Bulldogs may have entered Thursday night’s game leading the Southern Conference in scoring this season, but it was the ETSU men’s basketball team that put on a show. Scoring a season high 115 points and using a stifling defensive effort to hold The Citadel 29 points below its season scoring average, the Buccaneers took the bite out of the Bulldogs and cruised to a 115-71 win inside McAlister Field House. With the victory, the Bucs improved to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in SoCon play, while the Bulldogs dropped to 8-9, 1-3.
Attendance: 1,207


VMI at Mercer
Balanced Mercer defeats VMI 68-50
Demetre Rivers scored 11 points and Ria'n Holland 10 as Mercer dominated inside to defeat VMI 68-50 on Thursday night in Southern Conference play. Desmond Ringer chipped in nine points while Stephon Jelks and Ryan Johnson added eight each in the balanced attack by Mercer (7-9, 1-2), picking up its first Southern Conference win. Ten players scored for Mercer, which made 28 of 60 field-goal attempts for 47 percent and never trailed. The Bears outrebounded VMI 44-27, outscored the Keydets 34-24 on points in the paint and 15-8 on points off turnovers.
Attendance: 2,754


Furman at Samford
Second Half Surge Propels Furman Past Samford, 83-73
John Davis III scored eight points during a 14-0 second half run and senior Kris Acox paced the Paladins with 19 points and 12 rebounds as Furman downed Samford, 83-73, to remain unbeaten in Southern Conference play on Thursday night at the Pete Hanna Center. Trailing 62-57 with under 7:30 to play, Acox scored off of his own offensive rebound and Davis drained a three-pointer to tie the game at 62-62 on Furman's next possession. Matt Rafferty's offensive rebound and stick back put Furman in front and Acox finished with a two-handed jam on the next Paladin possession to up the margin to 66-62. On the Paladins next trip down the floor, Davis followed an offensive board and timeout by connecting on a three-pointer from 27 feet out as the shot clock expired to extend the Furman lead to 69-62 with under four minutes left. Davis hit a floater in the lane to up the lead to 71-62 with 2:45 remaining and Furman hit all 10 of its free throw attempts over the final minute to seal its third straight win over Samford.
Attendance: 1,011


Standings......
Furman      3-0 (10-6)
ETSU         2-0 (12-3)
UTC           2-1 (11-4)
Samford     2-1 (11-5)
UNCG        2-1 (11-5)
Mercer        1-2 (7-9)
Wofford      1-2 (6-10)
Citadel        1-3 (8-9)
WCU           0-2 (5-10)
VMI            0-1 (3-10)


Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - Southern
15 - MAAC

22 - Ohio Valley

24 - Conference USA
25 - Atlantic Sun

27 - Big South

SoCon teams have combined for 18 nonconference road wins this year which is the most since the 2007-08 season and are 41-13 in nonconference home games

Upcoming games......
No games scheduled for Friday

Saturday's Schedule........
VMI (3-10, 0-8 Away)  at The Citadel (8-9, 6-3 Home)   1 pm   ESPN3
ETSU (12-3, 3-2 Away)  at  Mercer (7-9, 5-2 Home)   4 pm   ESPN3
Furman (10-6, 5-4 Away)  at Chattanooga (11-4, 6-0 Home)  5 pm  ESPN3
Western Carolina (5-10, 2-5 Away)  at UNCG (11-5, 7-3 Home)   5 pm   ESPN3
Wofford (6-10, 1-5 Away)  at  Samford (11-5, 5-2 Home)   7 pm   ESPN3



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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (1-3-17)

Monday's results..... 
Eight teams were in action, and the Spartans were the surprise of the night.

Samford at Western Carolina
Catamounts Second Half Surge Falls Short
The Western Carolina men’s basketball team found its offensive rhythm in the second half Monday night against the Bulldogs of Samford University but WCU was unable to hold its lead down the stretch. Samford led the entire first half and most of the second but a 16-2 run by the Catamounts midway through the second half gave WCU its first lead of the game. The Bulldogs would respond with 14-2 run of their own to claim the 70-65 victory late in the period.
Attendance:  921

Mercer at Furman
Paladins Rally Past Mercer For 11th Straight SoCon Home Victory, 71-69
Furman connected on 5-of-6 trips to the foul line in the final 25 seconds, including a pair of free throws from Geoff Beans with 12 seconds remaining, as the Paladins rallied past Mercer, 71-69, in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Monday night at Timmons Arena. The victory improved the Paladins to 9-6 overall and 2-0 in the SoCon, while giving head coach Niko Medved's squad their 11th consecutive league victory on their home floor. Mercer slipped to 6-9 overall and 0-2 in the SoCon with its third loss in the last four meetings against Furman.
Attendance:  1,378

Chattanooga at UNCG
Men's Basketball Stuns Defending Champion Chattanooga In Come From Behind Fashion
The UNCG men’s basketball team found itself trailing defending Southern Conference champion and preseason favorite Chattanooga by 12 points late in the first half before the Spartans turned up play on both ends of the court to rally for a thrilling 73-68 victory over the visiting Mocs Monday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Spartans out-scored Chattanooga 49-32 over the final 22:52 of the game, including a 26-6 run, to improve to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in SoCon play.
Attendance:  1,546

The Citadel at Wofford
Terriers Fall in Overtime to The Citadel
Despite Eric Garcia and Ryan Sawvell recording double-double performances, the Wofford men's basketball team fell 104-103 against The Citadel on Monday night in Benjamin Johnson Arena. The loss was the first for Wofford at home since Chattanooga defeated the Terriers 77-68 on Jan. 11, 2016. With the loss, Wofford falls to 6-9 on the season and 1-1 in Southern Conference play while The Citadel improves to 8-8 overall and 1-2 in conference action with the win.
Attendance:  1,071

Standings......
Samford    2-0 (11-4)
Furman     2-0 (9-6)
ETSU       1-0 (11-3)
UNCG      2-1 (11-5)
UTC         1-1 (10-4)
Wofford    1-1 (6-9)
Citadel      1-2 (8-8)
VMI          0-1 (3-9)
Mercer      0-2 (6-9)
WCU        0-2 (5-10)


Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - Southern
15 - MAAC
18 - Ivy League
23 - Ohio Valley
25 - Big South
26 - Conference USA
27 - Atlantic Sun


SoCon teams have combined for 18 nonconference road wins this year which is the most since the 2007-08 season and are 41-13 in nonconference home games


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (1-1-17)



Happy New Year Catamount Fans....

Saturday's results
There was a full slate of conference games on Saturday. the Wofford win over Mercer was the biggest surprise of the night for me.  Here's the stories.....


The Citadel at Furman
Men's Basketball Pulls Away From The Citadel In SoCon Opener, 83-68 
Senior Kris Acox netted a career-high 21 points to go with 11 rebounds and Furman held The Citadel to its second lowest offensive output of the season as the Paladins toppled the Bulldogs, 83-68, in Southern Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.  The Paladins shot 53.4% from the floor and converted on 18-of-24 trips to the foul line to secure their 10th consecutive SoCon home victory. The Citadel, who entered the game averaging 102 points per game, recorded its second lowest total of the season with 68 points, while Furman held the opposition under 70 points for the 11th consecutive game.
Attendance:  1,529

Mercer at Wofford
Terriers Defeat Mercer to Open SoCon Play
Eric Garcia scored a career high 31 points and the Wofford Terriers picked up their first Southern Conference win with an 88-71 victory over Mercer on Saturday afternoon in the Benjamin Johnson Arena. With the win, the Terriers improve to 6-8 and 1-0 in the Southern Conference, while the Bears fall to 6-8 overall and 0-1 in conference play with the loss.The Terriers shot 50.9% from the field and 86.7% from the line while holding Mercer to 42.9% shooting. Wofford had a 15-3 advantage on second half points and had 20 assists to just seven turnovers.
Attendance:  1,083

VMI at ETSU
Bucs roll to win in SoCon opener, trounce VMI 102-75
Prior to Saturday’s Southern Conference opener against VMI, the storyline coming from the ETSU men’s basketball team had been that this game with the Keydets was the most important game so far this season. The Buccaneers certainly played like it. With a relentlessly hounding defensive effort and an offensive showing that included multiple dunks along with long-range 3-pointers, the Bucs rolled in dominating fashion to a 102-75 win over the Keydets. With the victory, ETSU improved to 11-3 overall, 1-0 in SoCon play, while VMI dropped to 3-9, 0-1.
Attendance:  3,051

Chattanooga at Western Carolina
Senior-laden Mocs Drop Catamounts, 64-48
The Western Carolina men's basketball team welcomed in defending Southern Conference Champions Chattanooga Saturday afternoon to open conference play. The Mocs, who returned all five starters from their championship team all of which are seniors, fell behind early but used a 14-2 run late in the opening half to take the lead and the victory. WCU held Chattanooga to its second lowest point total of the season in the 64-48 defeat. The victory improved UTC's record to 10-3 on the season and gave the Mocs a perfect 1-0 start to SoCon play while the Catamounts dropped to 5-9 overall and 0-1 in league action. WCU placed three scorers in double-figures led by redshirt junior Haboubacar Mutombo who scored 15 points. Junior Devin Peterson added 11 points off the bench while freshman Adam Sledd continued his strong play of late with 10 points and eight rebounds. The Mocs had three double-digit scorers as well led by Justin Tuoyo and Greg Pryor who each had 15. Johnathan Burroughs-Cook added 13 points as well. Tuoyo had an all-around performance with a game-high seven blocks and eight rebounds.
Attendance:  1, 020

Samford at UNCG
Men's Basketball Stumbles at home against Samford
The UNCG men’s basketball team turned in a cold-shooting performance on New Year’s Eve as the Spartans suffered a 73-62 loss to visiting Samford Saturday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Spartans look to bounce back and get above .500 in Southern Conference play in just 48 hours when they host preseason league favorite Chattanooga Monday night in a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Spartans (10-5, 1-1 SoCon) connected on just 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from the field and only 23.1 percent (6-of-26) from 3-point land in their first home loss at the Greensboro Coliseum in league play since Jan. 21 last year (Chattanooga). UNCG’s 62 points is the lowest scoring output for the Spartans since the first three games of the year. Additionally, the Spartans committed 15 turnovers in the loss, which Samford turned into 22 points off those miscues. 
Attendance:  1,673


Standings...... 
ETSU       1-0 (11-3)
UTC         1-0 (10-3)
Samford   1-0 (10-4)
Furman     1-0 (8-6)
Wofford    1-0 (6-8)
UNCG      1-1 (10-5)
Mercer      0-1 (6-8)
WCU        0-1 (5-9)
VMI          0-1 (3-9)
Citadel      0-2 (7-8)

Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
11 - CAA
12 - Missouri Valley
13 - Sun Belt
14 - Southern
15 - MAAC
18 - Ivy League
22 - Ohio Valley
25 - Conference USA
26 - Big South
27 - Atlantic Sun

SoCon teams have combined for 18 nonconference road wins this year which is the most since the 2007-08 season and are 41-13 in nonconference home games


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