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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