Mocs Lose to Wofford 97-58 in Home Finale

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball team lost its home finale tonight, 97-58, at the hands of defending Southern Conference champion Wofford (17-12/13-4).  Chattanooga is now 15-15 overall, 11-6 in the SoCon North Division.

Chris Early (Huntington, W. Va.) led the Mocs with 13 points.  Dontay Hampton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) added a career-high 12 points in just 14 minutes off the bench.

Noah Dahlman led all scorers with 23 points and eight rebounds for the Terriers.  Cameron Rundles chipped in 21 points including a 5-7 effort from three point range.

The Mocs were up 9-8 at 17:16 of the first half when Wofford took control of the game.  The Terriers went on a 19-1 run over the next 7:11 to take a 27-10 advantage.

Bell broke an eight-plus-minute drought with back-to-back jumpers to cut it to 13, 27-14.  But Wofford kept the pressure on.  It out-scored the Mocs 18-7 to end the half up 45-21.

The Terriers kept the pressure on with a Kevin Giltner layup at 13:52 building the lead to 31, 67-38.  The Mocs made a few runs, but Wofford scored 16 of the final 19 points to close out the win.

Keegan Bell (Hazel Green, Ala.) scored 10 with three assists for Chattanooga.  He scored six of the first seven points for the Mocs. 

It was senior night for Chattanooga.  As such, head coach John Shulman started his four seniors: Troy Cage (Baton Rouge, La.), Jeff Smith (Chattanooga, Tenn.), DeAntre Jefferson (Bloomington, Ill.) and Jeremy Saffore (Nashville, Tenn.).

The Terriers out-rebounded the Mocs 42-28 on the evening led by Tim Johnson's nine.  Jefferson had a team-high six boards for Chattanooga.

Wofford shot a blistering 58.3 percent (35-60) from the field including 52.2 percent (12-23) from three-point range.  In contrast, the Mocs managed just 35.0 percent (21-60) overall, 25.0 percent (8-32) from behind the arc.

UTC closes the regular season Saturday at Samford.  Game time is 5:00 p.m., (EST) in the Hanna Center.  Fans can access live audio and stats via MocsVision on GoMocs.com.  The game will also broadcast on the Mocs Sports Network on ESPN 105.1 FM in the Chattanooga area with the "Voice of the Mocs" Jim Reynolds.

The Mocs are in a battle with Western Carolina for the SoCon North championship and are one-half game behind the Catamounts (11-5).  WCU hosts The Citadel tomorrow and South leader College of Charleston on Saturday.  A tie for the title will give UTC the No. 2 seed in the upcoming SoCon Tournament March 4-7 in McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga.

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