Mocs Coach Lamont Paris Beats His Alma Mater the College of Wooster in Exhibition Game
(gomocs.com) CHATTANOOGA — The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball team featured three players in double digits and used a 20-0 run to pull away during a 94-60 exhibition win over College of Wooster on Thursday evening inside McKenzie Arena.
The game did not count toward either program’s records for the 2021-22 season. While it didn’t technically mark a victory in the win column, there was a lot to be happy about in preparation of next week’s regular season opener.
“The guys had fun and we got to look at a bunch of different things,” said head coach Lamont Paris. “I was really happy about how the guys responded in the second half defensively in what we needed to be doing.
“The overall feel of what we were doing, how locked in we were, what we were trying to get accomplished as a group, how we were sharing and playing for each other. I thought that was really good.”
– Malachi Smith led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added three rebounds, assists and steals apiece.
– Grant Ledford followed with 16 points on a 6-of-8 performance from the floor in just under 18 minutes of action.
– Silvio De Sousa chipped in with 14 points and a game-high four steals in addition to a block and three rebounds.
– Chattanooga went on a 20-0 run that spanned nearly seven minutes over the first and second half.
– UTC shot 36-of-68 (52.9%) overall and 10-of-24 (41.7%) from beyond the arc in the win.
– The Mocs out-scored the Fighting Scots 50-28 in the paint and 24-2 in second chance points.
“We can throw multiple lineups out there. Last season we were only limited to seven players. This year we can have a lot of different options and can throw different looks out there. It makes us very versatile and hard to guard.” – Malachi Smith on this year’s depth.
“It was neat for me to have them here and have the coach that I played for on the sideline. Our players were great about and everyone on their side, players and coaches, were really appreciative of the opportunity. It was really neat for me and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t.” – Lamont Paris on having his former coach at Wooster, Steve Moore, sitting alongside him on the bench.