Thursday, February 9, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (2-10-17)




Thursday's games.......



Samford at Wofford
Wofford survives Samford 131-127 in 4OT
Fletcher Magee scored a career-high 36 points and Eric Garcia tied a career high with 31 points and Wofford outlasted Samford 131-127 in a four-overtime thriller on Thursday night. Garcia's baseline 3 with 16 seconds left in the fourth overtime gave Wofford (13-13, 8-5 Southern Conference) a 128-127 lead. The Terriers made 3 of 4 free throws to seal it.
Attendance: 1,583


Mercer at VMI
Holland has 18 Points as Mercer Roars Past VMI 81-51
Ria'n Holland had 18 points to lead five players in double figures as Mercer roared past VMI for an 81-51 victory on Thursday night. Holland was 7 of 14 from the field. Jordan Strawberry added 12 points while dishing out five assists to give him 300 assists in his career. Desmond Ringer, Demetre Rivers and Cory Kilby chipped in 10 apiece for Mercer (12-14, 6-7 Southern Conference), which has won four of the last six games. The Bears made 28 of 53 (53 percent) from the floor while limiting VMI to 19-of-57 (33 percent) shooting. The Bears also won the rebound battle 39-28.
Attendance:  1,033


The Citadel at ETSU
Bucs bounce back with 90-69 win over The Citadel
Coming off a tough three-point loss at Wofford on Monday, the ETSU men’s basketball team was in search of bouncing back into the win column. The Bucs did just that as four players scored in double figures – including a team-high 17-point effort by senior guard T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) – as ETSU capped off the season sweep over The Citadel with a 90-69 victory on Thursday night inside Freedom Hall.
Attendance: 3,845


Chattanooga at Furman
First Place Furman Edges Chattanooga For Seventh Straight Win, 60-56
Junior Devin Sibley scored a team-high 13 points and senior Kris Acox connected on the go-ahead basket with under seven seconds remaining to lift first place Furman to 60-56 victory over Chattanooga in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday night at Timmons Arena. The victory, which improved the Paladins to 17-8 overall and 10-2 in SoCon play, extended Furman's winning streak to seven games and marked its 15th consecutive home triumph in SoCon action. Chattanooga fell to 17-7 overall and 8-4 in the league. After Daniel Fowler pulled Furman even at 56-56 with a pair of free throws with 1:48 remaining, each team committed a turnover on its next possession. With under a minute to play, Chattanooga's Johnathan Burroughs-Cook penetrated into the lane only to have his shot blocked by Sibley. Following a timeout, Fowler fed a pass to Acox, who connected on a jumper in the middle of the lane to give the Paladins a 58-56 lead.
Attendance: 2,223


Current Standings......
1-Furman          10-2 (17-8)
2-ETSU             8-3 (18-6)
3-UTC               8-4 (17-7)
3-UNCG            8-4 (17-8)
5 Wofford           8-5 (13-13)
6-Samford          6-6 (15-10)
7 Mercer            6-7 (12-14)
8-VMI                2-9 (5-17)
9-WCU              2-10 (7-18)
10-Citadel          2-11 (9-17)

Conference RPI Standings (WarrenNolan RPI)
1 - ACC

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

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

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