Hoops for Hunger Night as the Mocs Host Western Carolina
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- It’s Hoops for Hunger Night benefitting the Chattanooga Area Food Bank at the McKenzie Arena as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s basketball team hosts Western Carolina (8-6/3-1) at 7:30 p.m.  The game is part of a doubleheader with the Lady Mocs hosting Davidson.


Fans bringing two non-perishable food items will receive one free general admission ticket to the games.  The Lady Mocs take on Davidson at 5 p.m. followed by the men’s squad facing Western Carolina afterwards.  Fans attending the women’s game will also be able to stay for the men’s contest.


Chattanooga (7-10/3-3) is coming off a thrilling 78-74 overtime win over Appalachian State on Thursday night.  The win propelled the Mocs into a tie for second place in the division, one game behind Western Carolina.


The Mocs are on an upswing winning their last three, a season high.  More importantly, the team has shown an ability to win the close game pulling out wins at The Citadel and Appalachian State with the game on the line late.


Chattanooga is led by senior guard Stephen McDowell’s 19.8 points per game.  He is second in the nation in three-pointers made per game, 4.6, and has a streak of 38 straight games making a three, which is tied for the third longest active streak in the country.


Senior forward Nicchaeus Doaks is second on the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game, while leading the team on the boards averaging 9.4 per game.  Kevin Goffney adds 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as well shooting a team best 55.3 percent (42-76) from the floor.


Western Carolina is coming off its first SoCon loss of the season Thursday night, 76-64 at Samford.  The tandem of Brandon Giles and Harouna Mutumbo lead the way for the Catamounts.  Giles averages 14.8 points per game, shooting 45.8 percent (27-59) from three-point range.  Mutumbo adds 14.6 points per game.  Interestingly, no Catamount averages more than Mutumbo’s 4.6 rebounds per game, but WCU holds a plus-three rebound margin over its opponents.


WHO:  Kevin Goffney.  In SoCon play, Goffney is averaging 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 59.3 percent (35-59) from the field and 75.0 percent (15-20) from the free throw line.  He is coming off maybe the finest performance of his Mocs career with 22 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and two blocks against Appalachian State.


WHAT:  Western Carolina (8-6/3-1) at Chattanooga (7-10/3-3)


WHEN:  Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 – 7:30 p.m.


WHERE:  McKenzie Arena; Chattanooga, Tenn. – Live on GoMocs.com – Box Office opens at 1 p.m.


HOW:  Chattanooga leads the all-time series 46-15, 25-2 in Chattanooga (17-2 in the McKenzie Arena).
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