Sunday, January 8, 2017

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

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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