In the quarterfinals, eight of the ten teams will participate today after the departure of VMI & The Citadel yesterday. By the end of the day, we will be down to the final four teams that will participate in the semifinals on Sunday. Action tips off at noon, as the number one Paladins faces Mercer, at 2:30 the Catamounts takes on the Bucs in a basketball version of the Blue Ridge Boarder Battle, then at 6 pm Jake Stephens and the Mocs battle Samford, then in the final game of the day Wofford tangles with UNCG. Furman, ETSU, Samford, & UNCG are favored to win, but this is the SoCon and anything can happen, be ready for a few surprises.
Mercer 58 - Furman 73 Sophomore JP Pegues scored a game-high 22 points as Furman surged past Mercer, 73-58, on Saturday afternoon at Harrah's Cherokee Center – Asheville to notch its school-record tying 25th victory and punch its ticket to the Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championship semifinals. Furman will take on the winner of today's ETSU-Western Carolina game at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Fans can purchase tickets at SoConSports.com and can find out about all Furman related activities in Asheville by visiting the SoCon Basketball Championship Central page at FurmanPaladins.com. Sunday's game will air live on ESPNU and can be heard on The Fan Upstate at 97.7 FM, 1330 AM, and via the Audacy app with Dan Scott and Tom Van Hoy on the call.
ETSU 57 - Western Carolina 69 Tyzhaun Claude led four players in double figures with 15 points and fourth-seeded Western Carolina used a big first half run en route to a 69-57 victory over No. 5 seed ETSU on Saturday afternoon in a Southern Conference quarterfinal at the Harrah's Cherokee Center – Asheville. WCU improves to 18-14 overall and advances to face top-seeded Furman in the semifinals on Sunday at 4 p.m. The contest between the Catamounts and Paladins will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Catamount Sports Network audio coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ETSU ends its season at 12-20. WCU supporters are invited to visit Catamount Central at Mellow Mushroom (50 Broadway St, Asheville N.C.) for a pregame get-together beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Chattanooga 85 - Samford 82 The Chattanooga Mocs made it interesting before dispatching Samford 85-82 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Championships presented by Ingles. The Mocs led by as many as 18 in the second half before giving up the lead late, then collecting the win. Jamal Johnson was near perfect making six-of-seven threes scoring 25 points. Jake Stephens added 21 in the winning effort, while Dalvin White and A.J. Caldwell contributed 12 and 11, respectively. Jermaine Marshall led the Bulldogs with a game-high 27. The Mocs face the winner of UNC Greensboro-Wofford in a SoCon Sunday Semifinal in Harrah's Cherokee Center. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., on ESPN+ ending a day that starts with the women's basketball team playing fir its 19th SoCon Tournament Crown at Noon.
Wofford 67 - UNCG 66 In the final 25 seconds of the 2023 Southern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday night there were four lead changes, the last coming when Wofford got the ball with three seconds. B.J. Mack scored with no time left on the clock for a 67-66 victory over UNC Greensboro at Harrah's Cherokee Center – Asheville to advance. The sixth seeded Terriers held a five-point lead at 63-58 with 2:56 to play, but a six-point run gave the three seed UNC Greensboro the lead with 25 seconds to play. A B.J. Mack layup with nine seconds left gave Wofford a 65-64 advantage, but Dante Treacy score to give the Spartans a 66-65 lead with only 3.1 seconds to play. Wofford inbounded the ball across midcourt and call a timeout, which was followed up by a UNCG foul, the team's sixth of the half. That would leave only 2.6 seconds on the clock for the Terriers. Freshman Jackson Paveletzke would get the inbounds pass in over Mohammed Abdulsalam to Mack who backed down Abdulsalam inside and got a contested layup off with under a second to play. Wofford will now prepare for a 6:30 p.m. semifinal contest against the #7 seed Chattanooga Mocs, led by the returning Jake Stephens who has starred in the first two Moc wins so far.
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