Saturday, December 4, 2021

SoCon Basketball Saturday (12-4-21)

SoCon Basketball for Saturday, December 4, 2021

But First - Friday's recap:  Two solid wins for the Southern Conference last night, with the Paladins come from behind, overtime win against the former "Saviors of the SoCon", better known as the College of Charleston. On the left coast, the Keydets took care of business, beating Portland of the WCC, 90-82, on the "Road to Asheville".  

-Charleston (5-2) at Furman (5-2)
Mike Bothwell's game-tying 3-pointer with less than a second remaining sent the game into overtime and Jalen Slawson recorded seven points in the extra period as the Furman men's basketball team fought back for a 91-88 victory over the College of Charleston Cougars, Friday evening inside Timmons Arena. Furman moves to 6-2 on the season while College of Charleston drops to 5-3 overall. It marked the fourth time this season that the Paladins have played an overtime game and improved to 3-1 in those contests.

-VMI (4-4) at Portland (7-2)
The VMI Keydets had all five starters reach double figures and held off a furious rally by the University of Portland to earn a 90-82 win Friday night at the Chiles Center. The Keydets never trailed in the contest and led 49-31 at the break after shooting 54.5% and hitting 9 threes in the opening half. VMI extended that lead to 21 points when Curfman dropped in a 3-pointer to open the second half and the Keydets appeared to be on their way to a comfortable night leading 52-31.

Current Standings after Friday's Games:

6-1 Chattanooga
6-1 Samford
7-2 UNCG
6-2 Furman
5-3 Wofford
5-3 ETSU
4-3 Citadel
5-4 VMI
4-4 Western Carolina
4-4 Mercer


Saturday's Schedule:  Only three games on the schedule for Saturday, again a SoCon sweep is possible...

2:00 PM ET ESPN+
Georgia State (4-2) at Mercer (4-4)
Hawkins Arena - Macon, GA

6:00 PM ET ESPN+
Western Carolina (4-4) at South Carolina Upstate (2-5)
Hodge Center - Spartanburg, SC

7:30 PM ET ESPN+
Lenoir Rhyne at ETSU (5-3)
Freedom Hall - Johnson City, TN

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