Moctoberfest is a month-long celebration of Chattanooga Mocs men's basketball. It includes historical moments, social media interactions and introduction to UTC's freshmen among the myriad of video tributes and stories.
Day 21 focuses on Chris Mims' layup off a missed jumper to beat bitter rival Marshall for the 1997 Southern Conference Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Mims' play made the NCAA Sweet 16 run possible.
In overtime, the Thundering Herd clung to a 70-69 as the Mocs had the final possession. As time wound down, UTC star and consensus SoCon Player of the Year Johnny Taylor had the ball. He pulled up with six seconds to play from 15 feet. The shot was off the mark and fell into the waiting hands of Mims.
His put-back layup with just four ticks left gave Chattanooga its eighth SoCon tournament title. A simple play really. Block out, get the rebound and lay it in. The fundamental plays are often where championships are won.
Chattanooga opens the season Monday, November 12, against Tennessee Temple in McKenzie Arena at 7 p.m. Season tickets for a school-record 18-game home slate are available. Call 266-MOCS (6627), go online here at GoMocs.com or stop by the Gate One McKenzie Arena Ticket Office. Single-game tickets are also on sale now.
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1 - First NCAA DI Game
2 - Walter "Moose" McGary
3 - Stephen McDowell
4 - 1980 Recruiting Class
5 - Gerald Wilkins 4-point Play
6 - Social Media Factoid: UTC's 10 NCAA appearances are the most in the SoCon since joining the league in 1977-78. Leaders: Chattanooga 10, Davidson 7, ETSU 6, Marshall 3, App State 2, Furman 2, Wofford 2, Western Carolina 1, UNCG 1 and College of Charleston 1. Sources: http://twitter.com/GoMocsMBB & http://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs
7 - LeVert Threats to Keith Nelson Buzzer-Beater
8 - 1st NCAA Tournament Win
9 - Social Media Factoid: Today's Moctoberfest Factoid is in honor of tomorrow's 30 minutes or less ticket promotion. Derrick Kirce holds the UTC record for career 30-point games with 5 in his 2 seasons (1990-91). He scored 1,113 points which is a school record for a two-year player averaging 19.5 points per contest, another all-time leading mark. Chad Copeland (1993-94) is the only Moc with back-to-back 30-pt games. He scored 30 in a home win over Southern Miss on Jan. 2, 1994 and followed with 33 keying a one-point road win three nights later at Furman. Sources: http://twitter.com/GoMocsMBB & http://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs
10 - Drazen Zlovaric Makes ESPN Top 10 Plays
11 - TRIVIA GIVEAWAY: Who led the Mocs in scoring in the two 1997 NCAA Tournament wins over Georgia and Illinois? Answer: Willie Young with 39 (24 vs. UGa/15 vs. Illini).
12 - Meet Gee McGhee
13 - Ty Patterson Beats Shot Clock in 2009 SoCon Championship Game
14 - Meet Alex Bran
15 - Meet Eric Robertson
16 - 1985 NIT Quarterfinalists
17 - Deal's Pass to Wilkins in 1985 NIT at Lamar
18 - TRIVIA GIVEAWAY: What Southern Conference opponent have the Mocs played the most in their history? Answer: Samford, 83 games (48-35). Western Carolina is second with 78 followed by Appalachian State (72) and The Citadel (70). The Catamounts are the most frequent SoCon regular season opponent with 64 games with UTC holding a 46-18 record in those league contests.
19 - Dontay Hampton Coast to Coast Game Winner
20 - Social Media Factoid: Today's Moctoberfest Factoid keys on the long list of professional players that Chattanooga has produced over the years. There are currently 16 former Mocs active in professional leagues all over the globe. Click here for a list of NBA Draft Picks and recent UTC players in the pros. Sources: http://twitter.com/GoMocsMBB & http://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs
21 - Chris Mims Game Winner in 1997 SoCon Championship