Mocs Blast Hiwassee 94-46 in Home Opener
(gomocs.com) CHATTANOOGA—The Chattanooga Mocs rolled to a 94-46 win over Hiwassee in the home opener in McKenzie Arena. Makinde London led a trio of double-digit scorers with the first 20-point effort of his career.
London posted 20 points with six rebounds and two blocks. Rodney Chatman added 15 points and five boards, while Nat Dixon chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds. Hiwassee was led by Tevin Henry’s eight.
The Tigers’ 46 points are the fewest by an opponent since limiting Wofford to the same total in Spartanburg, S.C., on Feb. 12, 2015.
“I thought defensively, we were locked in and really committed for the majority of the game,” Coach Lamont Paris shared. “We were committed to following our rules and our defensive scheme. I thought that was really good.”
It was a slow start for the Mocs trailing Hiwassee 14-9 at the under 12 media timeout. They came out of that break with a vengeance. London scored six straight points sparking a 16-2 run over the next four-plus minutes.
Dixon capped the run at 6:46 as his basket made it a 25-16 home advantage. That lead reached double digits on a Makale Foreman triple and jumped to 13, on Duane Moss’ three a couple of possessions later. Another London basket sent the Mocs into intermission with a 19-point lead, 42-23.
The margin hit 20 on two Dixon free throws early in the second half. It swelled to 30 on Dixon’s triple at 15:09, 54-24. The Mocs run to start the second frame was a gaudy 26-3 in nine-plus minutes of clock time as the advantage reached 68-26.
It rose to as many as 58 as the Mocs scored 52 second-half points. Moss, David Jean-Baptiste and Jonathan Bryant II all scored nine points off the bench. Jean-Baptiste also had six rebounds and six assists.
It all added up to the first win of Paris’ head coaching career. He quickly deflected praise.
“It feels great just to win,” he noted. “Really, to be honest, I haven’t put much stock into it. I don’t say that just to say it. I really mean it. I was excited for the guys.
“I was excited that they were able to feel the feeling that they felt in the game. I was excited that guys that started the game were able to cheer for the other guys and know what that was like. I was excited to able to see guys do things that they haven’t been doing.
“I am worried more about that than winning one game for me.”