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DATE & TIME: Monday, November 19, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKenzie Arena (11,218) -- Chattanooga, Tennessee. Television: None. Home Record: Troy 1-0, Chattanooga 1-1. Away Record: Troy 0-1, Chattanooga 0-1. Neutral Record: Troy 0-1, Chattanooga 0-0. Conference Record: Troy 0-0, Chattanooga 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Troy Trojans try to snap a two-game slide as they contend against the Chattanooga Mocs in subregional action of the 2012 CBE Classic at McKenzie Arena on Monday night.
After winning their season opener against Mississippi State by a score of 56-53, the Trojans were dealt consecutive defeats, the first coming against Texas A&M on the road last Monday and the other being a lopsided 70-46 final versus Louisiana Tech yesterday in this same building.
As for the Mocs, they too have experienced the same action as Troy, winning the first game of the season versus tiny Tennessee Temple (88-53) at home on Nov. 12, and then going down against Kansas (69-55) on the road and being topped by the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri on Sunday in a 77-65 final.
In terms of the all-time series between these two teams, this is the first- ever meeting.
The teams will be back in action again tomorrow in this event, with the Mocs going up against Louisiana Tech and Troy taking on Southeast Missouri.
Troy led by a single point early on against the Bulldogs on Sunday, but the team ended up making a total of just five field goals in the first half and never recovered. Overall, the Trojans made good on just 30.0 percent from the floor and 5-of-20 behind the three-point line, all while clearing a mere three offensive rebounds in the losing cause. Not a single starter scored in double figures for Troy, instead it was Westley Hinton who came off the bench to lead the group with his 12 points, shooting 3-of-4 beyond the arc, in only 13 minutes of action. Hunter Williams, who finished with eight points on a mere 3-of-12 shooting day, is still the leading scorer for the Trojans with his 11.0 ppg, the only player in double figures at the moment for the squad. Williams has done the job with 47.1 percent shooting on the outside, but just 36.4 percent from the field overall. As a team, the Trojans are producing only 55.7 ppg as they shoot 36.8 percent from the field.
Chattanooga fell behind 7-0 right out of the gate against the Redhawks on Sunday and never fully recovered as the host bowed by 12 points in front of the hometown fans. The Mocs made a total of just eight field goals in the first half, missing all five chances behind the three-point line, and finished hitting at a 26.3 percent clip from long range and 32.8 percent from the floor overall. Drazen Zlovaric and Z. Mason tried to shoulder the load with 14 points apiece and a combined 13 rebounds, while Gee McGhee chipped in with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting behind the three-point line in the losing effort. Mason, a mere 3-of-11 shooter from beyond the arc over the first three games of the season, leads the team in scoring with 14.3 ppg, followed by Zlovaric with his 11.7 ppg to go along with 6.3 rpg which currently paces the group.
If the Mocs can avoid taking too many shots from three-point range and focus more of their efforts on second-chance points, there's a good chance the hosts could get back into the win column tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chattanooga 67, Troy 63
11/19 10:32:36 ET
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