Chattanooga, TN -
Chattanooga, Tenn. (Furman University) – Casey Jones scored 18 points to lead four Mocs in double figures as Chattanooga downed Furman, 67-52, in Southern Conference play on Saturday night at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn.
With the victory, the first-place Mocs improved to 15-9 overall and 9-1 in league play. Furman slipped to 7-14 overall and 1-7 against the SoCon.
Leading 28-19 at the break, Chattanooga opened the second half on a 10-2 run to build a 17-point cushion and led by no fewer than 15 points the rest of the way. Z. Mason began the period with a breakaway dunk and Martynas Bareika followed with a three-pointer before Mason pushed the Mocs’ run to 7-0 with a jumper from the elbow. After Charlie Reddick netted Furman’s first basket of the half, Bareika buried a trey with 18:00 to play to up the margin to 38-21 and cap the Chattanooga run.
The Mocs buried five second half three-pointers and tallied 17 points off 19 Furman turnovers on the night to maintain their hold on first place in the league. Jones connected on 7-of-12 field goal attempts to score his game-high 18 points while Bareika scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help Chattanooga pull away. Mason recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds to go with five blocked shots. Ronrico White rounded out the double figure scorers with 10 points off of the bench.
Chattanooga used a 15-2 run midway through the first half to forge a 28-11 lead before the Paladins finished the period with an 8-0 spurt. Stephen Croone, who netted a team-high 14 points, delivered a three-point play and Larry Wideman drained a triple from right of the key to send the Paladins into the break down just nine points.
Furman shot just 38.9% form the field on the night, but managed to even the rebounding battle at 36-36. Kendrec Ferrara tallied 11 points and grabbed nine boards to join Croone in double figures while Reddick snagged a season-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points.
The Paladins return home to host the Samford Bulldogs Monday night on YP Court at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Thursday’s game can be heard live on WGOG FM 96.3, Fox Sports 1440 AM and through StretchAudio at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can access live updates on Twitter by following @FurmanHoops.