Chattanooga Mocs Fall in Opener Against College of Charleston 85-78
(gomocs.com) The Chattanooga Mocs opened the season with an 85-78 loss at College of Charleston Monday night. The game marked the debut of new Mocs coach Dan Earl. Jake Stephens and Jamal Johnson paced the Mocs with 20 apiece. Stephens (20p/11r) and Demetrius Davis (19p/12r) began their UTC careers with double-doubles. Reyne Smith led the Cougars with a game high 24 points including five 3-pointers.
The Mocs trailed by as many as 14 late in the first half. They stormed back in the second to get within three. The first time was on a Randy Brady free throw with 8:20 to play. After the deficit stretched back to nine, it closed to three again at 2:57 on a Davis layup. But the Mocs could not get over the hurdle in the end.
Chattanooga comes home to host Oakland City on Thursday.