Friday, January 20, 2023

SoCon Basketball for Saturday, January 19, 2023

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Saturday's schedule only has 4 games on schedule, as the Furman/Wofford match-up will be played on Sunday.  Saturday's action will feature the military school's face-off, as well as the Tennessee school's first contest against each other. Mercer, winner of two straight will face stiff competition in Greensboro, while the Catamounts face the number one Bulldogs on their home court, on the "Road to Asheville"

1:00 PM Watch on ESPN+
The Citadel (7-12 2-5 SoCon)  at  VMI (5-15, 0-7 SoCon)
Cameron Hall - Lexington, VA

3:00 PM Watch on ESPN+
ETSU (7-13, 3-4 SoCon)  at  Chattanooga (11-9, 3-4 SoCon)
McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, TN

4:00 PM Watch on ESPN+
Mercer (9-11, 2-5 SoCon)  at  UNCG (12-8, 6-1 SoCon)
Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC

6:00 PM Watch on ESPN+
Western Carolina (11-9, 4-3 SoCon)  at  Samford (13-7, 7-0 SoCon)
Pete Hanna Center - Homewood, AL


A recap of Thursday's games

The Citadel 60 - UNCG 70
The Citadel closed the game on a 22-8 run, but in the end, it was not enough as the Bulldogs fell, 70-60, at UNCG Thursday night inside the Greensboro Coliseum. UNCG took advantage of the Bulldogs slow shooting to start the game and opened up a 20-point lead with just under six minutes left in the first half. The Bulldogs responded by scoring 14 points in the final five-plus minutes of the half to go into the half trailing 38-22. The Citadel opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers from Austin Ash to make it a 12-point game. The UNCG lead would grow to as many as 24 points before the Bulldogs went on a run late. Jackson Price knocked down a three-pointer and Austin Ash converted a three-point play. After a second three-pointer from Price with under a minute to play made it an eight-point game.

Mercer 69 - VMI 61
Multiple scoring runs led the Mercer men's basketball program to victory over VMI, 69-61, on Thursday night at Cameron Hall. The Bears improve to 9-11 overall and 2-5 in the Southern Conference with the second straight SoCon win. VMI drops to 5-15 and 0-7. The Bears were stunned in the beginning as VMI opened the game leading 17-3. Mercer then utilized a 9-0 run to close the gap with three-straight treys by Jordan Jones. The first 15 points for the Bears were all scored beyond the arc. Mercer opened the second half on a 10-0 scoring run led by back-to-back three-pointers by Shawn Walker Jr. The Bears led the entire second half except for the first minute and maintained a two-possession lead from 13:19 to 2:47. VMI suddenly went on a 9-0 scoring run in the last five minutes to pull within three points, but the Bears held steady on defense and closed out the game from the free-throw line to win, 69-61.


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