Friday, February 3, 2017

SoCon Basketball Update (2-3-17)




Thursday's games.....


UNCG at Chattanooga
Mocs Run Away with 91-68 SoCon Win over Visiting UNCG
Tre' McLean and Justin Tuoyo combined for 39 points in the Chattanooga Mocs 91-68 win over UNCG Thursday night. The Mocs dished out a season-high 21 assists in the victory. It was a 16-point game at halftime, 47-31, when UTC turned on the jets. They came out of the break with a 19-2 run capped by Tuoyo's 3pt at 14:28 for a 66-33 advantage. The lead reached 40 on back-to-back Greg Pryor threes for an 88-48 lead. The former is making its rounds over the internet after leading the 10 p.m., ESPN SportsCenter.
Attendance: 4,364

ETSU at VMI
Second half offensive effort lifts Bucs past VMI, 81-71
An impressive second half offensively was the difference for the ETSU men’s basketball team on the road Thursday night inside VMI’s Cameron Hall. Shooting 69 percent from the field and 73 percent from 3-point range in the second half, the Buccaneers scored 54 points after the intermission and rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to drop the Keydets 81-71 in Southern Conference play. With the win, the first-place Bucs improved to 18-5 overall, 8-2 in SoCon play, while VMI dropped to 5-16, 2-8.
Attendance: 1,094

Wofford at The Citadel
Well Balanced Effort Paces Terriers to Win
Five Terriers scored in double figures and Cameron Jackson recorded a double-double as the Wofford men's basketball team prevailed over The Citadel 100-90 on the road on Thursday night. The win is the team's first conference road win of the season and gets the Terriers back to .500 in conference play. The 100 points was the most points scored on the road for Wofford this year and the fourth time the Terriers have done so this season, two of which came in contests against The Citadel. With the win, the Terriers improve to 10-13 on the season and 5-5 in the Southern Conference, while the Bulldogs fall 9-15 overall and 2-9 in conference play.
Attendance:  1,175

Furman at Mercer
Fowler’s Jumper Lifts Furman Over Mercer, 70-68
Daniel Fowler poured in a team-high 18 points, including the game-winning jumper with 2.3 seconds remaining, to rally Furman to a 70-68 victory over Mercer on Thursday night at Hawkins Arena in Macon, Ga. With its fifth straight win, Furman improved to 15-8 overall and maintained a share of first place in the Southern Conference standings at 8-2. The Bears fell to 11-13 overall and 5-6 in league play. After Mercer's Jordan Strawberry converted on a game-tying free throw with 11.8 seconds left, Fowler penetrated down the lane and rattled in a pull-up jumper from the left side of the paint to put Furman in front. Mercer inbounded the ball to midcourt and called timeout with 1.8 seconds left. Following a timeout by Furman, Ria'n Holland caught the inbounds pass and fired a fade away three-pointer from the right wing that came up short as time expired to give the Paladins their first win in Macon since the 1997-98 season.
Attendance: 3,383

Western Carolina at Samford
Basketball Shoots Past Western Carolina, 82-63
Samford's Alex Thompson drained six 3-point baskets Thursday to help the Bulldogs pull away from the Western Carolina Catamounts, 82-63, in a Southern Conference matchup held at the Pete Hanna Center. Thompson, Samford's junior sharpshooter from Dothan, finished the contest with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. With its largest margin of victory in league play this season, Samford (15-8, 6-4 SoCon) improved to 7-4 at home this year. The Bulldogs also reached the 15-win plateau for the first time in eight years, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
Attendance:  1,190



Current Standings......
1 (tie)-ETSU       8-2 (18-5)
1 (tie)-Furman     8-2 (15-8)
3-UTC                7-3 (16-6)
4-UNCG             7-4 (16-8)
5-Samford          6-4 (15-8)
6 Wofford           5-5 (10-13)
7 Mercer            5-6 (11-13)
8 (tie)-VMI          2-8 (5-16)
10-(tie)-Citadel    2-9 (9-15)
10 (tie)-WCU      2-9 (7-17)


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