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Georgia Southern (11-16) at Chattanooga (16-11)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: McKenzie Arena (10,928) -- Chattanooga, Tennessee. Television: None. Home Record: Georgia Southern 7-5, Chattanooga 11-1. Away Record: Georgia Southern 3-10, Chattanooga 4-9. Neutral Record: Georgia Southern 1-1, Chattanooga 1-1. Conference Record: Georgia Southern 4-8, Chattanooga 10-2. Series Record: Chattanooga leads, 30-19.

GAME NOTES: The Chattanooga Mocs attempt to keep pace atop at the Southern Conference standings when they host the Georgia Southern Eagles at McKenzie Arena on Thursday.

The Mocs are 10-2 in the SoCon after last Friday's 83-73 win over Western Carolina. Z Mason scored a game-high 23 points and Gee McGhee added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Mocs, who ended a two-game slide and won for just the second time in five games. Chattanooga led 65-49 with a little more than 12 minutes to play in the game, but Western Carolina went on a 12-0 run to make it a game. However, the Mocs withstood the surge and never fell behind to secure the victory.

The Mocs come into this game second in the SoCon in scoring (76.9 ppg) and tops in rebounding (37) and blocks (5.2). Mason, who has 12 double-doubles this season, leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks with 17.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg and 3.1 bpg.

Georgia Southern has dropped four straight after Saturday's 88-73 setback to Davidson. Jelani Hewitt scored 30 points for the Eagles, but it wasn't enough as Georgia Southern couldn't overcome a 13-point halftime deficit. Brian Holmes chipped in 11 points and Tre Bussey added 10 points and four rebounds for Georgia Southern, which has just two wins in its last nine outings.

Hewitt leads the SoCon is scoring with 20.4 ppg and steals with 2.3 per contest. Bussey is also in the top 10 in SoCon scoring with 15.5 ppg for the Eagles, who average 71.8 ppg.

This is the only meeting of the season between the Mocs and Eagles, who are leaving the SoCon at season's end. Georgia Southern has won four in a row in this series, capturing last year's only contest 59-57.

However, don't expect the Eagles to keep that streak going here. The Mocs are balanced and playing much better right now than the Eagles. Even though Georgia Southern has the conference's leading scorer, they are just 3-10 on the road, compared to an 11-1 home mark for the Mocs. It will be a high- scoring affair, but Chattanooga should come out on top.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chattanooga 82, Georgia Southern 75

02/20 10:26:58 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 2
TOR 1
 
2nd
DUKE 30
UCONN 27
 
Half
CHI 52
NYK 45
 
2nd
HOU 25
NOP 27
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
 
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
2nd
SDKST 58
IDST 60
 
2nd
RIDE 55
MRGST 42
 
2nd
LATU 74
NICST 52
 
2nd
CHAR 41
APP 41
 
2nd
MISS 38
CCAR 50
 
2nd
DUKE 30
UCONN 27
 
2nd
BRAD 53
EUREK 29
 
2nd
PEAY 49
OAKC 30
 
2nd
JST 38
SMISS 16
 
1st
SD 25
MNTST 25
 
1st
UAB 14
LSU 5
 
1st
EVAN 8
OHIO 9
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSFU
CSDH
 
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ORST
DEP
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PAC
NEV
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USF
PORST
 
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IDAHO
WALLA
 
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UTST
CALST
 
3rd
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 2
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 3
WAS 3
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
2nd
JAC 0
TEN 7