CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2005) - Chattanooga junior forward Alphonso Pugh scored 23 points and the Mocs shot 59 percent from the floor to take a 93-59 win over East Tennessee State Saturday afternoon at McKenzie Arena.
The Mocs broke a four-game losing streak to the Bucs, which included back-to-back losses to ETSU in the Southern Conference Tournament Championship.
"Give UTC credit, they have a really good team and they showed that tonight," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "We just got whipped. We had some open looks from 3(-point range) in the first half and if those had gone down it might have been a bit closer. But they just played really well."
UTC, now 12-4 and 5-1 in the SoCon, raced out to a 9-0 lead a little more than three minutes into the game. The lead was 16-6 on a Pugh bucket at 13:34 of the first half. After ETSU's Dillion Sneed (Chicago) trimmed the margin by two on the next trip down the court, the Mocs ran out on a 13-2 run to enjoy a 29-12 lead at 7:56 of the first period. ETSUs Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer for the halftime margin of 45-30 UTC.
The Bucs, 6-11 and 2-5, got as close as 14 on another Smith triple at 18:37 of the second half. The Mocs used a 12-2 blitz, including four points by Chris Brown, to increase the deficit to 59-35 at the 14:43 mark.
Pugh's layup at 10:55 gave UTC a 69-48 lead and put the margin over the 20-point mark for good. A Casey Long three-point play, followed by a Pugh field goal, capped a 15-2 Mocs march to take the lead into the 30s, 84-50 with 5:03 to play.
UTCs largest lead came on two Jerice Crouch free throws which gave the Mocs an 88-53 edge. Ben Rhodas layup with 1:44 remaining enabled ETSUs deficit to dip below 30 at 88-59, but that would be the Bucs' final points of the game.
While Pugh led the way,
The Bucs will return to action Monday night as they host The Citadel at