PHILADELPHIA, Pa.---It was not the ending six seniors looked for as the Chattanooga Mocs dropped a 103-47 decision to No. 3 UConn Thursday afternoon at the Wachovia Center in the first round of the NCAA West Regional. Five double digit scorers led the No. 1 seed Huskies past the 16th-seeded Mocs.
Kevin Goffney led UTC with 15 points in 30 minutes of play. Nicchaeus Doaks' six rebounds were a team high and gave him 302 on the season which breaks the season record formerly held by Lance Fulse (1985-88) who had 300 in 1987-88.
The Mocs got off to a great start as Keyron Sheard picked UConn point guard A.J. Price's pocket and drove in for a layup for the game's first score at 19:48. UTC led or was tied for the first five-plus minutes of the game.
A Jeremy Saffore jump hook at 11:57 cut the UConn lead to 17-15 and an offensive foul gave the Mocs the ball at the 12-minute media timeout at 11:51.
The Huskies came out strong from the timeout going on a 14-0 to take control of the game powered, in part, by three Price three-pointers in consecutive possessions. The Huskies took a 48-20 lead into intermission scoring 16 points on eight Chattanooga turnovers.
UConn put all doubt aside with a 15-0 run to start the second half capped by a Hasheem Thabeet three-point play at 16:01 to go up 63-20. Goffney ended the run with two free throws with 15:42 to play to make it 63-22.
Stanley Robinson led the Huskies with 24 points. Thabeet added 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Price tossed win 20 as well. Jeff Adrien chipped in 13 points, 16 rebounds and four assists.
The Huskies owned the boards with a 58-34 advantage. UConn also shot 39 free throws compared to just 10 for the Mocs who lead the nation in free throw attempts.
Chattanooga shot just 25.8 percent from the floor (17-66) and 20 percent from three-point range (5-25). Goffney scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. The Mocs complete the season 18-17.
Chattanooga won a share of the Southern Conference North Division and won its 10th SoCon Tournament title just 10 days ago. The three four-year seniors (Doaks, Khalil Hartwell, Zach Ferrell) completed their careers winning 70 games, 17.5 per season, and two North Division Championships. The two-year seniors (Goffney, Sheard, Stephen McDowell) also leave with two North Division titles and 36 wins, 18 each season.