Mocs Romp Over Hiwassee with Johnson’s 20-point night

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Mocs Romp Over Hiwassee with Johnson’s 20-point night

The UTC pep band performs the National Anthem Pregame at Mckenzie Arena on November 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs Romp Over Hiwassee with Johnson’s 20-point night

UTC Guard David-Jean Baptiste (3) Lays the ball up during UTC's win over Hiwassee at Mckenzie Arena on November 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs Romp Over Hiwassee with Johnson’s 20-point night

UTC Guard Jerry Johnson Jr. (2) gets a shot off under contention from Hiwassee Guard Ben Snider (11) during the Mocs home win over the Tigers at Mckenzie Arena on November 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs Romp Over Hiwassee with Johnson’s 20-point night

UTC head basketball coach speaks with his team during the second half of the Mocs win at home over Hiwassee on November 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs Romp Over Hiwassee with Johnson’s 20-point night

UTC Guard David-Jean Baptiste (3) lays the ball up in the second half of the Mocs win at home against the Hiwassee Tigers on November 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs Romp Over Hiwassee with Johnson’s 20-point night

UTC Guard Donovan Toatley (5) is fouled during the Mocs home win over Hiwassee on November 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs Romp Over Hiwassee with Johnson’s 20-point night

Hiwassee Guard Bryant Bernard (5) gets a rebound during the UTC Hiwassee basketball game at Mckenzie Arena on November 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs Romp Over Hiwassee with Johnson’s 20-point night

UTC Guard Donovan Toatley (5) scores a lay up during the UTC Hiwassee basketball game on November 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

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By Jake Moore, Men’s Basketball Beat Writer—


With five Mocs scoring double digits, UTC easily took down the Hiwassee Tigers, 95-62.

Jerry “Buckets” Johnson Jr., Memphis, finished the game with an impressive offensive performance of 20 points and two assists.

“My teammates got me open really,” Johnson said.  “We came out and ran a screen play for the big man on a diagonal. I set a good screen and two guys went to help my man, so it freed me open at the top of the key. I think that’s what got us started. It was all about being aggressive after that and trying to take good shots.”

Johnson also had a great defensive performance with a total seven blocks and five steals. Those five steals are the most by a Moc since Tre’ McLean’s 2016 performance against Marshall.

“We were just talking about getting stops in successions,” Johnson said. “Not worrying about the offense so much, but just getting stops, and stops, and stops. More than likely, we got steals and those stops ultimately extended our lead.”

Freshman guard Donovann Toatley, Upper Marlboro, MD, also had a remarkable performance of 19 points, three rebound, and three assists.

Sophomore guard David Jean Baptiste, Miami, had an incredible performance from off the bench.  Baptise finished the evening with 19 points, three rebounds and three assists.

“He has some experience,” Head coach Lamont Paris said. “He’s one of the more experienced guys on our team, as far as game minutes because he played a lot for us last year. Defensively, he has shown times he can lock in and be disciplined on our rules in what we want to do defensively. He was up and down with that, he’s one of the guys I challenged when I talked about sense of urgency.”

“His effort and energy was pretty good, but sense of urgency when closing out and finishing plays wasn’t that great. When he’s playing within himself and gets it going, he can get it going offensively. He’s one of our better guys in knowing when to attack the rim. He did that today and finished. He can bring some offensive firepower when he has it going.”

Justin Brown, Chicago, finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Brown and Donovann Toatley combined for the nights play of the game when the pair connected for an incredibly alley-oop.

The always reliable freshman forward Kevin Easley, Indianapolis, was the final player to score in double digits for the Mocs as he finished with 11 points.

The Mocs move to 3-5 on the season and the team believes the chemistry is starting to grow tighter.

“It’ll come with time,” Brown said. “At the same time, we all love each other so it’ll make all of our lives easier to gel on the court. I think it’s just overall experience. I think we are the fifth least-experienced team in the country. With everyone gathering minutes and going through adversity together, it’ll make us ready for conference and allow us to gel well.”

The Mocs will stay at home to face the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Dec 1.

 

Chandler Morrison

Sports Editor

A native of Dunlap, Tennessee, Chandler Morrison was named Sports Editor in May 2018. He is a Communication major with a minor in Geography. Chandler has covered both prep sports and UTC athletics for the past three years. His accomplishments include starting two reputable sports media outlets in the Sequatchie Valley and completing an Internship with ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut in the Fall of 2017. You can reach him at prc858@mocs.utc.edu or on twitter @SportSChandler.

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