Records Broken as Mocs Runaway from Elon 76-54





CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---After a sloppy start, Chattanooga (13-13/9-6) used a big second half to roll to a 76-54 win over Elon (8-15/5-10) in the McKenzie Arena Thursday night.  The win extends the Mocs lead in the Southern Conference North Division to one-and-a-half games over Western Carolina at 7-7.


Two career records were broken by Mocs tonight as seniors Stephen McDowell and Nicchaeus Doaks etched their names in the history books.  A series record was broken as well with the 22-point margin of victory tonight serving as the largest in the 13 meetings between the two schools.


McDowell broke the UTC record for three-pointers made in a career on a trey from the left wing with 28 seconds to go in the first half to cut the Elon advantage to 32-31.  He gave the Mocs a halftime cushion of two points with another three with two seconds to go in the half to make it 34-32.


Elon led for the majority of the first half and by as many as nine, 20-11, with 9:28 to go in the first half before the Mocs got going.


The Mocs scored the first nine points of the second half to go up by 11, 43-32 on two Khalil Hartwell free throws at 16:37.  In that run, Doaks broke the UTC modern era record for rebounds on a defensive board at 18:54.


A three-pointer by T.J. Douglas cut the lead to eight, 43-35, before Hartwell put the Mocs back up by 10, 45-35 and the lead would not see single digits again with it reaching its apex at the final tally of 76-54.


McDowell led the Mocs with 19 points including five-of-nine from three-point range.  He now has 213 three-pointers made in passing Keddric Mays (2006-07) and his 209.


Doaks added 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks to the equation.  His 753 career rebounds moves him into first place on the UTC rebounding list ahead of Lance Fulse’s (1985-88) 747 in the DI era.


Two more Mocs registered double digits as Hartwell scored 12 points to go with eight boards, while Kevin Goffney added 15 points, six rebounds and three assists.


The Phoenix were led by Brett James with 13 points and four rebounds.  Douglas came off the bench to chip in 11.


Chattanooga held a slim margin of 38-35 on the glass.  The Mocs dominated in the paint with a 36-18 scoring advantage there and scored 19 points off 16 Phoenix turnovers, while Elon registered just six off the Mocs 10 miscues.


UTC limited Elon to 37.1 percent shooting from the field for the game, 29 percent in the second half.  Chattanooga hit 70.8 percent from the free throw line.


The Mocs return to action Saturday night hosting UNC Greensboro at 7 p.m. in the McKenzie Arena, Elon travels on to Samford for a 3 p.m. tipoff.  Samford defeated UNCG 73-60 in Birmingham this evening.

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