Mocs Edge E’TO’SU 53-51 After Bucs Possible Game Winner Waived Off by Timeout
(gomocs.com) CHATTANOOGA—It was not for the faint of heart. The Chattanooga Mocs out-lasted the ETSU Bucs 53-51 Monday night in McKenzie Arena. The Bucs hit a three with 3.0 to play to go up 54-53, but it was waved off coming after the Bucs bench called for a timeout.
It was defensive struggle to the finish. KC Hankton missed on a three from the top of the key but managed to grab his own rebound and pass the ball to Darius Banks who was fouled with 9.0 on the clock and a 51-50 lead. Banks coolly nailed both for the three-point advantage.
David Jean-Baptiste made the Mocs sixth foul near halfcourt. The Bucs got the ball to Ledarrius Brewer who was fouled by Malachi Smith with 4.6 to go. Brewer made the first and missed the second on purpose. Vonnie Patterson collected the board and kicked it straight out to Damari Monsanto in the corner whose three swished at 2.6, however timeout was taken.
Monsanto got another decent look for a game-winner but it rimmed out giving the Mocs the sweep. Caldwell led the Mocs with 11 points and five rebounds, while Hankton and Smith each tallied 10. Brewer led all scorers with 19.
“They shot a shot there at the end and had called a timeout thankfully,” Coach Lamont Paris shared. “I was so enthralled in the moment of not getting the rebound, that I wasn’t even focused on that quite as much. It’s just one of those things … like in the NFL when they call a timeout right before a field goal kicker kicks it. Just a weird scenario.
“It’s really a heads-up play to be honest with you [to call the timeout.] Look at the shot that they generated at the end, and guys get frazzled sometimes in those moments, so it’s really a heads-up play on [ETSU’s coach] part.”
The 3-game home sprint closes Wednesday night with a visit from Western Carolina.
Chattanooga 17-5/8-5 | ETSU 12-9/8-5
“What a gritty performance and a tough fought game by both sides, and it came down to the wire in this one just like it did in the first one. There’s been some drama between these two teams. How exciting. I guess we were both just trying to give the fans their money’s worth. What a college basketball game. It looked like a rock fight out there. Nobody could get a lot generated offensively so it came down to who was going to make a big play or who was going to make a couple mistakes on the defensive end.” – Coach Lamont Paris
“That was a little insane. We gave up that offensive rebound which hurt us, but when he shot that in the corner, I thought it wasn’t going in because I played good enough defense. But oddly enough we came back out, and I think he even had a better look. Fortunately for us it rimmed out. We have to do a better job rebounding, but we’re fortunate to get the win.” – A.J. Caldwell
“That’s one thing we’ve been harping on lately. Just playing hard on defense and competing. Offense wasn’t going our way today, but we held that good of a team to 51 points. That’s one thing we pride ourselves on and it showed tonight.” – David Jean-Baptiste
3 NOTES TO KNOW
- First Mocs sweep of the Bucs since 2016. The two schools regularly sweep each other with the last split dating back to 1997.
- Chattanooga and ETSU are now tied for fourth in the SoCon standings at 8-5. Just two games separate the top five with Saturday’s opponent UNCG on top at 10-3.
- Third most frequent opponent in school history with 93 meetings ranking behind Samford (105) and Wednesday opponent Western Carolina (96). Tonight was the 60th SoCon regular season matchup. That’s the fifth league opponent with 60 or more soirees: Western Carolina (81), The Citadel (80), Furman (79) & Appalachian State (65).