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.

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

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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