Mocs Basketball Team Keeps Winning Without Their Best Player

Chattanooga-(WDEF) If the Mocs beat Furman tomorrow, they’ll go to 14-2 for the first time since 1984.

The record sounds even more impressive since UTC has played nearly half their games without one of their best players.

   The Mocs pulled off a big win over Mercer on Tuesday, but there’s hardly time to celebrate because there’s always another conference game right around the corner.
Said head coach Matt McCall-"There’s no time. I said to my wife the other day. I said all right, these next two months now, there’s not a lot of time. I’ll be home when I can, but I will see you in March."
    Coach McCall hopes to see Casey Jones back on the court before March.
He hasn’t played in about a month since hurting his ankle.
McCall-"He has dropped the crutches, which is good. He’s just in a straight walking boot. He is walking around. He has done great with his rehab and his treatment. So we’re still trying to focus on it day-by-day."
    The Mocs though have won seven in-a-row since Jones went down. Not bad considering Jones was their leading scorer.
Said guard Greg Pryor-"I know that we’ve got faith in everybody that puts on a Chattanooga jersey. If we lose one man, we know we’ve got another man that is going to step up and be ready to play."
McCall-"They’re unselfish. If you’re unselfish, and you’re not caught up in your individual numbers, minutes, points, rebounds, and assists, you’ve got a chance to be a special team. I was fortunate enough to be apart of two national championships, and on both of those teams, the leading scorer averaged 13 points a game. If you look down on our stat sheet, we’ve got six or seven guys averaging right around ten."
    Saturday, the Mocs get a rough road game at Furman.
McCall-"If you go down the statistical categories in our league, they’re in the top three in almost every statistical category."
    Last year, Furman upset UTC in the SoCon tournament, 69-67.
Pryor-"It motivated us to come in and work hard every day knowing that what we did last year wasn’t good enough. If we came in with the same mind set that we had last year, then we are going to lose again."
  Tipoff Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina is set for noon.
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