All ten teams are in action on Wednesday night, with the big game taking place in Homewood, AL as the Spartans travel to Alabama to face the Bulldogs, as two of the top three teams face off. After Wednesday, there will be at least one less team tied for first in the SoCon standings. WCU looks to bounce back after a loss to Furman last Saturday, hoping to firm up their hold on the fourth place in the standings. The Mocs visit VMI hoping to do the same for 5th place as they visit VMI..... on the "Road to Asheville".
7:00 PM Watch on ESPN+ ETSU (10-17, 6-8 SoCon) at Western Carolina (14-13, 7-7 SoCon) Ramsey Regional Activity Center - Cullowhee, NC
7:00 PM Watch on ESPN+ Chattanooga (14-13, 6-8 SoCon) at VMI (6-21, 1-13 SoCon) Cameron Hall - Lexington, VA
7:00 PM Watch on ESPN+ Furman (21-6, 12-2 SoCon) at The Citadel (9-16, 4-10 SoCon) McAlister Field House - Charleston, SC
7:00 PM Watch on ESPN+ Mercer (12-15, 5-9 SoCon) at Wofford (13-14, 5-9 SoCon) Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium - Spartanburg, SC
7:30 PM Watch on ESPN+ UNCG (18-9, 12-2 SoCon) at Samford (18-9, 12-2 SoCon) Pete Hanna Center - Homewood, AL
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2023 17:10:35 GMT -5 by The Cats
"Go Cats" - in honor of Catamount man / Pickins
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” —Thomas Jefferson
Most probably thought that after Wednesday's game, there would still be a tie for first place in the SoCon. Furman and who ever won the UNCG/Samford game, boy were we wrong, thanks to the Citadel. The Bulldogs pulled off an improbable upset of the high-flying Pladins, picking up a 4 point victory over the Furman in regulation. In that other game, the home team picked off a victory for sole possession of first place in the SoCon, well done Samford. The Catamounts have a little firmer grip on fourth place, thanks to a two point win over ETSU, and Wofford picked up a win over Mercer.
ETSU 66 - Western Carolina 68 Tyler Harris scored a season-high 14 points to lead four Catamounts in double figures as Western Carolina withstood a late ETSU rally in a 68-66 Southern Conference victory on Ingles Court at the Ramsey Center on Wednesday. With the win, the Catamounts complete the season sweep of ETSU for the first time since the 1984-85 season and have now won three straight games over the Bucs. WCU improves to 15-13 overall and 8-7 in SoCon play to remain in fourth place in the standings with three games to play, while ETSU drops to 10-18 and 6-9. Harris finished in double figures for the fifth time this season, finishing 4-for-5 from the field. Vonterius Woolbright added 12 points with eight assists and six rebounds. Reigning SoCon Player of the Week Tre Jackson tallied 11 points while Colin Granger scored a career-high 10 points and grabbed career-best six rebounds in the winning effort.
Chattanooga 78 - VMI 58 The Chattanooga Mocs men's basketball team earned its third-straight win in a dominating 78-58 victory over VMI on Wednesday night inside Cameron Hall during Southern Conference action in Lexington, Va. Following the win, Chattanooga improves to 15-13 overall and 7-8 inside league play. VMI falls to 6-22 overall and 1-14 in SoCon action. 10 different players hit at least one three to tie the program's own NCAA Division I record which was set earlier this season against Covenant. UTC jumped all over VMI in the first half and held a 47-14 lead heading into the locker rooms. The Mocs shot a blistering 56.3% (18-of-32) from the field including a 55.6% (10-of-18) mark from deep while holding the Keydets to a lowly 15.6% (5-of-32) mark from the floor and 15.0% (3-of-20) tally from deep. The 33-point halftime lead marked the largest in SoCon play since leading by 38 (50-12) at Furman on January 9, 1997. The 14 points allowed in the first half were the fewest for the team against a DI opponent since 2017 (Alabama State).
Furman 65 - The Citadel 69 The Citadel men's basketball team picked up its biggest win of the season as the Bulldogs took down league-leading Furman, 69-65, Wednesday evening inside McAlister Field House. The second half saw 20 minutes of basketball in which neither team was able to open up more than a five-point lead. The Paladins held the five-point lead with 11:00 minutes remaining before Elijah Morgan's basket was followed by a pair of AJ Smith free throws and a Clark three-pointer to give the lead to the Bulldogs with 9:19 to play. After Furman tied the game, Clark took a back-door feed from Austin Ash for the dunk, and Morgan stole the ball for the fast break layup to give The Citadel their biggest lead of the game at 58-54. The game would be tied once again at the 3:20 mark before Spence turned an offensive rebound into two points and Clark scored in transition to give the Bulldogs the lead for good. The Paladins would get a three-pointer with less than a minute to play to pull within one, but Morgan was able to knock down all four free throws down the stretch for the four-point victory.
Mercer 67 - Wofford 70 The Wofford College men's basketball team trailed the Mercer Bears by one point with 40 seconds remaining. The Terriers would sink four free throws while getting a key defensive stop to help put the Bears away by a 70-67 score in a game that was competitive the whole way with ten lead changes. The Terriers (14-14, 6-9 SoCon) shot 70% (14-of-20) from the field in the second half as they overcame a 31-29 halftime deficit to win. After a road win on January 4 that featured freshman Jackson Paveletzke's buzzer beater, the Terriers earned the season sweep against Mercer (12-16, 5-10 SoCon).