Sophomore Casey Jones.
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Basketball Preview: Mocs Host Georgia Southern Thursday

2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
Georgia Southern (11-16/4-8) at Chattanooga (16-11/10-2)
Game 28 | Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 7 p.m. | McKenzie Arena | Chattanooga, Tenn.

Season Stats | Schedule | Roster | Tickets (Home) | Georgia Southern

MEDIA AVAILABILITY
RADIO: The Mocs Sports Network flagship station is ESPN 105.1 FM the Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 34th season as the Voice of the Mocs.

VIDEOSTREAM: Links for live video (PPV), audio (free) and live stats are available on the GoMocs.com men’s basketball schedule page.

PROMOTIONS: Academic Night celebrating the accomplishments of our student-athletes

SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow the action on Twitter @GoMocsMBB. Get interactive using the hashtags #GoMocs and #CHAOS. Tag @GoMocsMBB with your photos from the game, well-wishes for the team and more.

NEXT UP
The Mocs return to the road playing at UNCG Sunday and at Western Carolina next Thursday (2/27). They complete the regular season Saturday (3/1) hosting App State.

OPENING TIPS
- Chattanooga is 10-2 in the Southern Conference, one game behind Davidson in first place. The Mocs and Wildcats have both clinched byes in the fast approaching SoCon Tournament. Wofford (9-3), Elon (8-3) and Western Carolina (8-4) round out the top five which receive the byes. Turn to page seven of the linked notes package for bracket and ticket info for the tourney which starts Friday, March 7.

- The Mocs are 30-19 all-time against Georgia Southern, 20-16 in regular season conference games. For more series information, turn to page three of the linked notes package.

- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in rebounding (37.0) and blocks (5.2).

- In SoCon only games, the Mocs lead the league in 3pt FG Percentage Defense (29.2%), Rebounding (37.7) Offensive Rebound Percentage (35.1) and Blocks (6.6). Here is a breakdown of the team’s stats in and out of conference play:

 

G

W-L

PPG/Opp

RPG/Opp

FG%/Opp

3pt%/Opp

FT%/Opp

Non-Conf

15

6-9

77.7/76.6

36.5/34.7

45.5/48.4

33.4/36.8

68.0/66.7

Conf

12

10-2

76.0/71.6

37.737.0

42.6/44.5

33.5/29.2

74.2/68.6

Overall

27

16-11

76.9/74.4

37.0/35.7

44.2/46.6

33.5/33.3

71.0/67.4

- Free throw shooting is an obvious spike for the Mocs jumping more than six percent in league games to 74.2 percent. Leading the way are Greg Pryor (90.0%), Ronrico White (85.9%) and Z. Mason (81.4%).

- Chattanooga’s 16 wins are the most since 2010-11 when it went 16-16 tying for the SoCon North Division title. The last time it won 17 or more was back-to-back 18-win campaigns in 2008-09 and 2007-08.

- Tonight is Academic Night trumpeting the successes our student-athletes have accomplished. The department had a record GPA of 2.99 in the fall with 12 teams tallying 3.0 or better. Ronrico White (Dean’s List) and Eric Robertson (A.D. Honor Roll) led the hoops squad.

- Mason leads the SoCon in rebounding (9.6) and blocks (3.1). He ranks nationally in top 25 nationally in double-doubles (14th, 12), blocks (17th), rebounding (23rd) and defensive rebounds (23rd, 6.6).

SCORING        
- The Mocs are second in the SoCon in scoring (76.9).

- The team is tied for 45th nationally in scoring.

- Z. Mason is fourth in the league at 17.9 points per game. He is averaging a double-double (17.3 points & 10.5 rebounds) in SoCon contests.

- Casey Jones (19th, 12.1 ppg) and Gee McGhee (30th, 10.3) are also listed among the SoCon leaders.

- In SoCon games only, Mason (5th, 17.3 ppg), Jones (11th, 14.6 ppg) and Ronrico White (13th, 14.1 ppg) rank in the top 15.

- 18 20-point efforts this season: Mason (10 times), Jones (4 times), White (twice), Gee McGhee and Martynas Bareika have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Mason has two with 30 or more.

BLOCK PARTY
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon in blocked shots (5.2). That number increases to 6.6 per game in conference play.

- 141 blocks on the season is the third-most in school history behind 175 in 2001-02 and 154 in 1981-82.

- The team has five or more blocks in 17 games this season.

- The Mocs are 37th in the country in blocked shots.

- Z. Mason is the obvious focus as the league leader in swats at 3.1 per contest. In 12 SoCon settings, he’s rejecting 3.9 per game.

- Mason’s 77 blocks are second-most on the all-time season list behind Neil Ashby (89, 2001-02).

- Mason’s 114 career blocks is third all-time behind Stanley Lawrence (1980-83) with 132 and Otis Donald (1998-00) with 118.

MASON CAREER NOTES
- Mason has 1,064 points, 622 boards and 114 blocks in his two-plus years as a Moc.

- ONLY Moc in school history to exceed 1,000 points, 500 boards and 100 blocks.

- Just the third DI era performer with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds (Nicchaeus Doaks, 2006-09 and Lance Fulse, 1985-88).

- Currently 16th in scoring, six points behind student assistant Johnny Taylor’s (1996-97) 1,070.

- Currently fourth in rebounding, 31 short of Khalil Hartwell (2006-09) in third with 653.

- For career and season record watches along with career active leaders, turn to page nine.

MASON DOUBLE-DOUBLE NOTES
- Mason has 12 double-doubles this season tying the DI era season record held by Keith Nelson (1990-91) and Lance Fulse (1987-88).

- He is tied for 14th in the nation in double-doubles. Jerrelle Benimon (Towson) and Scott Eatherton (Northeastern) lead with 17.

- Mason has six 20/10 games which is two behind of Nelson’s mark of eight in 1990-91.

- Mason has two 30/10 games, one short of Johnny Taylor’s (2006-07) school record of three in 2005-06.

- Mason has 19 career double-doubles which ranks third behind Nelson (23) and Fulse (21).

HEAD COACH WILL WADE
- Head Coach Will Wade is 16-11 in his first season as a head coach. He is Chattanooga’s 18th head coach, seventh of the DI era.

- Wade is 11-1 at home, 4-9 away and 1-1 in neutral site contests.

- He is 0-0 vs. Georgia Southern, 10-2 vs. SoCon teams.

- Wade is a 2005 graduate of Clemson. He has worked with current collegiate head coaches Larry Shyatt (Wyoming), Oliver Purnell (DePaul), Tommy Amaker (Harvard) and Shaka Smart (VCU) at Clemson, Harvard and VCU, respectively.

- Wade’s staff includes a former head coach, Wes Long (Queens, 2009-13), former Mocs standout Casey Long (2004-07) and Buffalo star Turner Battle. Casey Long was retained from the previous regime. He also welcomed back Mocs great Johnny Taylor (1996-97). Taylor, a Chattanooga native, led Chattanooga to the 1997 NCAA Sweet 16 before becoming the school’s first NBA first round draft selection (Orlando). Taylor completed a 15-year pro career and returned to the Scenic City to complete his degree in criminal justice.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- Georgia Southern is 11-16 this season, 4-8 in the Southern Conference.

- The Eagles are 3-10 in road contests, 1-4 in league play with a win at UNCG and losses at App State, Davidson, Wofford and Elon.

- Head Coach Mark Byington is 11-16 in his first season as a head coach with a career mark of 18-20. That includes a 7-4 record as interim head coach at College of Charleston in 2011-12.

- Guard Jelani Hewitt leads the SoCon in scoring (20.4 ppg) and steals (2.3 spg) while rating third in 3pt made per game (2.7) and ninth in assists (3.3 apg).

- Tre Bussey is eighth in the league in scoring (15.5).

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