Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cats win at Chattanooga

At one of the most difficult locations in the Southern Conference for the Catamounts to win, McKenzie Arena, a place that the Catamounts had dropped 32 of the 34 all-time meetings before tonight, took a total team effort as the Cats had to play both the five Mocs on the floor and the three referees to win the game,  90-81.

This win halts a two conference game skid for the Cats, having lost to Elon at home, and Samford on the road.

Dispute the very physical play of the home-standing Mocs, Chattanooga was called for only 18 personal fouls the entire game (which includes 3 personal fouls in the last 56 seconds) while the visiting Cats were charged with  a grand total of 27, sending the Mocs to the charity line for 36 attempts, where they picked up 25 points.  To over come those obstacles  the Cats shot 53.4% (31-58) from the floor, which included 12 of 22 three-pointers.

The Catamounts had four players in double figures, led by Trey Sumler with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 12 assists; Tom Tankelewicz with 21 points, hitting 7 of 9 three-pointers; Brandon Boggs with 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists; and Tawaski King with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal. The final starter, James Sinclair, put up only 2 points, but he led the team in rebounding with 10, he also had 3 assists and 2 steals.

The larger Mocs won the rebounding battle, pulling down 39, of which 16 were offensive rebounds, while the Cats had 31 rebounds with only 6 offensive rebounds.

The Cats return home for a Thursday meeting of the south division leading Davidson Wildcats for their first meeting since last season's conference championship game in Asheville.

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