Mocs Hold On To Beat VMI 74-68

Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Chattanooga Mocs held off a pesky VMI squad earning a 74-68 Southern Conference road victory Wednesday night. They did it with timely shooting and by limiting the Keydets star guard Q.J. Peterson.
 
While the Mocs held the lead for nearly the entirety (38:49) of the contest, VMI would not go away. Tre’ McLean sent the squad into halftime with a nine-point advantage, 34-25, on a buzzer-beating 3pt. Three of his career-high five triples were just ahead of the shot or game clock.
 
The Keydets nibbled away at the lead getting within two, 49-47, on a Keith Smith free throw at 11:07.
Chattanooga out-scored their hosts 14-6 over the next six-plus minutes for a 10-point lead, 63-53. McLean’s three-point attempt rimmed out and Johnathan Burroughs-Cook’s layup was just off the mark to extend it past 10.
 
VMI broke out of a 2-for-10 slump with five quick points on a Peterson layup and Julian Eleby three with 3:51 remaining to cut the margin in half, 63-58. McLean drilled his fifth triple to calm the proceedings.
 
It would not be easy. Two Armani Branch free throws cut the lead back to four, 68-64, inside 40 seconds to go. The Keydets fouled Burroughs-Cook in the frontcourt with 29.5 ticks left. He hit both ends of the one-and-bonus. The defense forced a turnover setting up two more Greg Pryor free throws nine seconds later. Chattanooga was 6-for-6 in the final 30 seconds to cement the win.
 
McLean led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds. Greg Pryor and Casey Jones also scored in double figures with 16 and 12, respectively, while 2-time SoCon Defensive Player of the Year Justin Tuoyo added six blocks.
 
In the first meeting, Peterson torched the Mocs for 40 points. He was held to just 12 tonight. Branch tallied 23 points with nine boards. Eleby chipped in 14 points, while Trey Chapman added 10 points and nine rebounds.
 
This Saturday’s ETSU game includes the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1977 NCAA Division II National Championship squad. The Mocs plan a commemorative t-shirt as well as a fantastic ticket bargain.
 
General admission seating is just $5 with kids who come to the game in their youth jersey admitted free. Call (423) 266-MOCS (6627) 


No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs Using Their Week Off To Work Hard At Improving

The Bulldogs rose Sunday to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll—its highest position in that ranking through seven games since it was No. 3 in 1982—are in the thick of the college football playoff race and lead the SEC East by one and a half games over Kentucky. “My concern is, can we get better?” coach Kirby Smart said. “The past doesn’t determine the future. Our past ... (click for more)

Dalton State Men's Golf Leads By 14 After 1st Round

Dalton State put together an impressive first round, carding a (-7, 281) to take the overnight lead in the Bojangles Tennessee Intercollegiate at Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon, Tenn. on Monday. Cumberlands (Ky.), (+7, 295), is second, followed by #19 Lindsey Wilson, (+12, 300) in third. #25 William Carey, (+19, 307), and Maryville College, (+20, 308), round out the ... (click for more)

Ooltewah High's Robin Copp Is State Principal Of The Year

Ooltewah High School principal Robin Copp has been named Tennessee’s 2017-18 Principal of the Year.   Officials said of the second-year principal, "No matter the grade level, she believes in creating student-centered schools, which are first and foremost focused on teaching and learning. To support this model, Copp has instituted a professional learning framework ... (click for more)

City Has Apparently Found Buyer For Chattanoogan Hotel

The city of Chattanooga has apparently found a buyer for the Chattanoogan hotel on Broad Street. A city board will meet next Monday to consider several resolutions. One item before the Chattanooga Downtown Redevelopment Corporation is approving the hiring of the Husch Blackwell law firm "as special counsel in connection with the preparation of a sale and purchase agreement ... (click for more)

Vote No On The Rezoning For A New Landfill In Harrison - And Response (2)

County Commissioners, please consider the following facts when voting on the rezoning request for a new privately-owned C&D landfill in Harrison.  Use of this property for a landfill has been rejected by the county three times in the past (1971, 1984 and 2007).  In 1971 and 2007 the County Commissioners unanimously rejected the proposal.  In 1984 the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT A 34-Point ‘Dog

I can’t remember a time in my life when a University of Tennessee football team has been a five touchdown underdog and this comes at a time when my primary-care physician tells me, “Let’s face it … you are old.” That said, even when I look at myself naked in the bathroom mirror I ain’t as ugly as what I fear will happen in Tuscaloosa this coming Saturday. I can remember the Tide ... (click for more)