Sunday, February 12, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (2-12-17)



Saturday's games.....


The Citadel at VMI
Dominant Second Half Sends VMI Over The Citadel, 101-78
The VMI Keydets shot 61 percent from the floor in the second half and got 37 points from QJ Peterson, en route to a 101-78 win over The Citadel Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va. The game was close at halftime, with just a one-point margin separating the teams, but VMI (6-17, 3-9 SoCon) blew the game open by starting the second half with a 25-8 run and The Citadel (9-18, 2-12) never seriously threatened again.
Attendance: 3,479


UNCG at Western Carolina
Men's Basketball Picks up First Win at Western Carolina Since 2008
For the fist time since 2008 and just the fourth time in program history, the UNCG men’s basketball team left the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee with a win as the Spartans posted a 76-68 victory over hosting Western Carolina Saturday. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Spartans in Cullowhee, marking their first win since Feb. 21, 2008. The victory improves the Spartans to 18-8 overall on the season and 9-4 in Southern Conference play. The 18 victories for the Spartans ranks sixth-best in program history and marks the most wins in a season since 2007-08.
Attendance: 1,971


Mercer at ETSU
Cromer, Merriweather reach milestone in 88-71 win over Mercer
T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) and A.J. Merriweather (Jackson, Tenn.) wasted little time reaching the 1,000-point milestone. The Buccaneer senior duo both reached their respective mark in the first four minutes of the contest as ETSU opened on a 22-8 run en route to downing Mercer, 88-71, in front of 5,225 fans on Saturday afternoon inside Freedom Hall.ETSU – who extended its home win streak to five straight games – improved to 20-6, 10-3 in Southern Conference play. The Bucs have now posted back-to-back 20-win seasons in the Steve Forbes era, marking the fourth time in program history ETSU has accomplished the feat in consecutive seasons.
Attendance: 5,225


Samford at Furman
Furman Cruises Past Samford, 90-73
Junior John Davis III poured in a career-high 24 points and added four assists as Furman cruised past Samford, 90-73, Saturday at Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C. With the win, the Paladins improve to 18-8 overall and 11-2 in the Southern Conference and maintain the lead in the SoCon standings. Furman extended its winning-streak to eight games and pushed its SoCon home winning streak to 16 games. The loss drops Samford to 15-11 overall and 6-7 in league play. Devin Sibley added 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting (5-8 from three), as well as a team-high six assists. Kris Acox and Daniel Fowler also scored in double-figures for the Paladins, with 17 and 16 points, respectively. The Paladins forced 21 Samford turnovers in the contest and outscored the Bulldogs 38-5 off turnovers. Furman shot 57.1% from the floor and 54.2% from three, while holding Samford to just 27.3% shooting from beyond the arc.
Attendance: 2,358


Chattanooga at Wofford
Wofford's Run Ends with loss to Chattanooga
The Wofford men's basketball team fell 73-65 to Chattanooga on Saturday night, ending the Terriers four game win streak. With the loss, Wofford falls to 13-14 on the season and 8-6 in Southern Conference play, while Chattanooga improves to 18-7 overall and 9-4 in conference action, sweeping the meetings between the two teams and handing Wofford just its second home loss of the season.
Attendance: 3,004


Current Standings......
1-Furman          11-2 (18-8)
2-ETSU            10-3 (10-6)
3-UTC               9-4 (18-7)
3-UNCG            9-4 (18-8)
5 Wofford           8-6 (13-14)
6-Samford          6-7 (15-11)
7 Mercer            6-8 (12-15)
8-VMI                3-9 (6-17)
9-WCU              2-11 (7-19)
10-Citadel          2-12 (9-18)


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