Photo by Logan Stapleton
By Peyton Gray, Sports Editor-
The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball team fell to UNC Greensboro by a score of 74-66 Saturday in McKenzie Arena.
With a halftime score of 37-34, the game was close for the entirety of the first half and even throughout most of the second, but the Mocs couldn’t hold on.
Darius Banks, who led the Mocs with 18 points, had a deafening dunk with 7:50 left in the game. This dunk seemed to solidify a Mocs win and gave UTC their largest lead of the game: 57-48. UNCG answered by scoring on their next 11 possessions and went on a 26-7 run over the next seven minutes.
“You just can’t have an elongated run like that,” Coach Lamont Paris said. “It’s basketball, it’s a game of runs. You have to be able to stop the bleeding.”
The Spartans led 74-64, until K.C. Hankton scored two for the Mocs, giving them a chance with 30 seconds left.
However, time wasn’t on UTC’s side. A Spartans defensive rebound by Isaiah Miller led to UNCG dribbling out the clock.
The Spartans fared well in the rebound category. They managed to snag 15 offensive rebounds–a number that ties the season high for the 2020-21 season. This 15 led to 20 second chance points.
“We didn’t rebound well as a team and that’s frustrating because we knew coming in they were a good rebounding team,” Banks added after the game. “It was so much of an instance that we went over it for an hour, just offensive rebounding.”
Chattanooga knows this all too well. Rebounding on both sides of the ball has been an issue all season–most notably was against Wofford.
“It was the same thing as Wofford,” Malachi Smith noted. “They got three offensive rebounds and hit threes. That’s what happens when you give them three and four opportunities.”
The Mocs are taking a break from McKenzie Arena. Their next three games are on the road beginning Wednesday at ETSU.