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Chattanooga Travels to Jacksonville State on Tuesday
Game Notes – Jacksonville State
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A grueling collection of games culminates in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s basketball team travelling to Jacksonville State (2-3) on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for an 8 p.m. (ET) tipoff in the Mathews Coliseum. Chattanooga (3-3) is playing its fifth game in 10 days.
The Mocs are coming off a 74-70 win over Longwood wrapping up the South Padre Island Invitational. The first three games were losses at Richmond (75-49), at Missouri (99-56) and in South Padre Island to Texas-Pan American (61-50).
Sophomore Ricky Taylor scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half comeback over the Lancers including nine of the final 11 points of the game for the Mocs. Two of Chattanooga’s three wins are over a 2009 NCAA Tournament team in East Tennessee State and a 17-win team from last season in Longwood.
Jacksonville State is 2-3, 2-1 in the Mathews Coliseum. Most recently, the Gamecocks lost by three points, 67-64, JSU’s two wins are over West Alabama (93-64) and an impressive 22-point win over Georgia Southern (89-67).
Junior forward Ridge McKeither leads the Mocs with averages of 12.8 and 7.5 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Josh Odem adds 10.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest.
WHO: Keegan Bell. The Alabama native returns to his home state for the first time in a Mocs uniform. Bell is coming off an 11-assist performance in the Chattanooga win over Longwood.
WHAT: Chattanooga (3-3) at Jacksonville State (2-3). The first of at least two games, possibly three, against OVC schools this season.
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. (EST) in the Mathews Coliseum (5,500)
WHERE: The game will be broadcast on the Mocs Sports Network with Jim Reynolds calling the play-by-play. It can be listened to locally on ESPN 105.1 FM and worldwide on GoMocs.com.
HOW: This is the final game in a five-game, 10-day road trip which began with the odyssey that was the South Padre Island Invitational. It began with a 75-49 loss on Sunday at Richmond and followed Tuesday with a 99-56 loss at Missouri. After arriving on South Padre Island, the Mocs lost 61-50 to Texas-Pan American before righting the ship with a 74-70 win over Longwood. All-in-all, the Chattanooga basketball program will have travelled more than 4,000 miles over the 10-day period following the game with Jacksonville State.
SERIES: This will be the 19th meeting between the schools with Chattanooga holding a 14-4 lead. The Mocs are 4-3 at Jacksonville and have won the last six games in series and 14 of the last 15.
QUOTABLE: “We need to keep learning and keep getting better. We’ve played a couple of good games and a couple of bad ones. We need to become more consistent in our effort and our execution which is typical of young teams. Jacksonville State beat Georgia Southern by 22, lost to Georgia by three and plays very well at home.” – Head Coach John Shulman
PROBABLE STARTERS: F – Ricky Taylor, So. (9.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg); F – Ridge McKeither, Jr. (12.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg); C – Jeremy Saffore, Jr. (7.2ppg, 4.3 rpg); G – Keegan Bell, So. (8.5 ppg, 5.7 apg); G – Josh Odem, Fr. (10.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg).
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