Thursday, January 26, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (1-26-17)

Wednesday's scores......
Here's the results of last night's four games.....

VMI at Chattanooga
Peterson's 40 Points Lead VMI Past Chattanooga, 80-64
QJ Peterson scored 40 points in just 38 minutes, leading the VMI Keydets past the Chattanooga Mocs, 80-64, in SoCon basketball action Wednesday night in Chattanooga, Tenn. The victory was VMI's first-ever win at UTC's McKenzie Arena and first win against the Mocs in any Chattanooga venue since 1979, as the Keydets broke a 20-game road losing streak against UTC. It was the first 11:30 of the second half that turned the game around, as VMI turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 14-point lead with 9:34 to play by outscoring UTC 28-12 over that time period.
Attendance: 2,847

Western Carolina at Furman
Furman Races Past Catamounts For 14th Consecutive SoCon Home Victory, 85-37
Devin Sibley scored 25 points to pace four players in double figures as Furman fashioned its second largest margin of victory versus a Southern Conference opponent in school history with an 85-37 triumph over Western Carolina on Wednesday night at Timmons Arena. The win gave Furman its school-record 14th consecutive SoCon home triumph, and improved the Paladins to 13-8 overall and 6-2 in league play. The 48-point margin of victory trails only Furman's 154-67 win over The Citadel on January 8, 1955, for largest margin of victory versus a league opponent. The Paladins shot 54.5% from the field, including 11-for-24 from three-point range, and hit on 14-of-20 trips to the charity stripe to record their third straight win and claim their 18th win in their last 20 regular season home contests. Furman managed a 44-32 edge in rebounding, scored 22 points off 14 Catamount turnovers and totaled 24 transition points. Adam Sledd, Haboubacar Mutombo and Ashley Williams each scored six points to lead Western Carolina (6-15, 1-7 SoCon). The Catamounts shot just 26.8% from the field, connected on only 1-of-12 three-point tries and made just 6-of-19 free throw attempts in the loss.
Attendance: 1,431

UNCG at Wofford
Terriers Upend Spartans 93-74 Wednesday
The Wofford men's basketball team ended UNCG's six game winning streak with an emphatic 93-74 victory inside Benjamin Johnson Arena on Wednesday night. With the win, Wofford improves to 9-12 on the season, 4-4 in Southern Conference action, and 8-1 at home. With the loss, UNCG falls to 16-6 overall and 7-2 in conference matchups. Tonight's loss was the first road conference loss of the season for the Spartans.
Attendance: 1,596

ETSU at Samford
Bucs drop Samford in double OT classic, 96-86
In one of the classic games in the history of ETSU men’s basketball, the Buccaneers battled through two overtimes to ultimately drop Southern Conference foe Samford 96-86 on the road Wednesday night at the Pete Hanna Center. The game – which included 12 ties and 21 lead changes – saw the Bucs make a defensive stop at the end of regulation to force the first overtime, but then look on as Samford’s Christen Cunningham hit a buzzer-beating, game-tying 3-pointer to send the teams to a second extra period. At that point, the Bucs scored 18 points in the final, five-minute OT period – an offensive surge led by 11 points from junior guard Desonta Bradford (Humboldt) and a clutch 3-pointer by senior guard T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) – to take the win. On a night when both Chattanooga and UNCG lost, the Bucs took the opportunity to get back atop the SoCon standings in the loss column, improving to 16-5 overall, 6-2 in league play. Meanwhile, Samford dropped to 13-8, 4-4.
Attendance: 2,012

Current Standings......
1-UNCG       7-2 (16-6)
2-ETSU         6-2 (16-5)
3-UTC           6-2 (15-5)
4-Furman       6-2 (13-8)
5-Samford      4-4 (13-8)
6-Wofford      4-4 (9-12)
7-Mercer        3-5 (9-12)
9-VMI            2-6 (5-14)
8-Citadel        2-7 (9-13)
9-WCU          1-7 (6-15)

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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