GAME NOTES: Two teams at opposite ends of the Southern Conference standings meet on Thursday night, as the Chattanooga Macs visit the Holmes Center to tangle with the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
The Mocs improved to 4-0 in SoCon play last Saturday when they edged Wofford, 70-69.
Sophomore forward Casey Jones scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Chattanooga, which has won six straight games.
Z. Mason had 17 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while Ronrico White chipped in 15 points for the Mocs, who led by as many as 11 in the second half before Wofford made a game of it late. Down by one point, Wofford had one last chance to steal the win, but Greg Pryor drew the charge with 1.1 second left to secure the win.
Chattanooga is off to its best conference start since opening 7-0 in 2010-11.
Mason leads the Mocs with 18.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. He shoots an efficient 51.4 percent from the field for Chattanooga, which average 78.7 ppg and leads the SoCon with 4.8 blocks per game. Jones is second on the squad with 11.5 ppg, and Gee McGhee rounds out the double-digit scorers with 10.7 ppg.
Appalachian State comes into tonight's game at the other end of the SoCon standings, as a 78-66 setback to Davidson last Saturday dropped the Mountaineers to 0-3 in conference play.
Jay Canty scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Appalachian State, which has dropped four straight. Frank Eaves and Tab Hamilton each scored 11 points for the Mountaineers, who fell behind for good early in the second half.
After Tevin Baskin put the Mountaineers up by a point, 36-35, on the opening possession of the second half, the Wildcats used an 11-0 run to regain the lead and never trailed again en-route to its 19th straight win over a league opponent.
Canty, who has appeared in just four games this season, leads the team with 17.5 ppg, while Hamilton is next with 13.2 ppg. Baskin (11.7 ppg) and Mike Neal (10.4 ppg) round out the double-digit scorers for the Mountaineers, who average just 70.5 ppg while yielding 74.7 ppg.
While Canty's return from academic ineligibility has given the Mountaineers a boost on offense, Appalachian State just doesn't have the ability to stay with Chattanooga, which should continue its conference success with a solid win.
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