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 13 remembers another great play in Chattanooga's choice championship moments. Who can forget Ty Patterson's three-point bomb to beat the shot clock as the Mocs pulled away from an overwhelmed College of Charleston squad.
It was a tie ballgame, 34-34 at the half, but that didn't last long in the second stanza. UTC scored the first 20 points of the second half holding the Cougars without a basketball for more than seven-and-a-half minute.
Patterson provided three signature plays in the game. In the first half, he had a huge tip dunk (pictured above) and made a block chasing down Jermaine Johnson's layup attempt off the fastbreak. But no play is as well remembered as the 35 to 40-foot toss that found the bottom of the nylon.
It's 47-34 and the shot clock is winding down. The Mocs are scrambling. Patterson gets the ball with two seconds on the shot clock and lets loose a high-arching stroke. The ball was in the air long for about three seconds as the shot clock buzzer ended before the ball swished true with 14:23 left in the game.
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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 Heroics in 2009 SoCon Championship Game
14 - Meet Alex Bran
15 - Meet Eric Robertson