1984-85 Chattanooga Mocs NIT Quarterfinalists.
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Moctoberfest Day 16: 1985 NIT

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 16 remembers the 1985 NIT Quarterfinalists. Gerald Wilkins led the Mocs on an epic run that nearly reached Madison Square Garden and the NIT semifinals.

The attached video tells the tale. Chattanooga started with a two-point 67-65 win over Clemson which featured future NBA World Champion Horace Grant. That was followed by an improbable 85-84 overtime triumph at Lamar.

The Mocs trailed by seven with less than a minute-and-a-half remaining in regulation before sending it into overtime. Eugene Deal's full-court inbounds pass to Gerald Wilkins set the blueprint for future tournament heroics as his 15-footer at the buzzer sent the game into overtime.

After the Lamar win, the Mocs tried to overcome an 11-point halftime deficit at Louisville, but it was not meant to be. The Cardinals held on for a 71-66 win and UTC's run ended.

Wilkins averaged 25 points per game in the tournament. It was highlight-reel finish to a stellar three-year career for one of the all-time greats in the school's annals. He went on to play 900 NBA games averaging 13 points per contest scoring nearly 12,000 points in 13 seasons in the league.

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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).
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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
19 - Dontay Hampton Coast to Coast Game Winner
21 - Chris Mims Game Winner in 1997 SoCon Championship
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