It was not a good performance from the Mocs on the road. That being said, what was wrong in this one?
The problem was not rebounding- Elon won the rebounding battle 42-41, which is not outlandish. The Mocs committed just thirteen turnovers, and that is not an unusually high number, either. The problem? The Mocs made just 30.6% of their shots from the floor. Elon made 48.5% of their shots, including 10 of 18 from three point range in the second half. That's just not good.
The Mocs did not shoot the ball well. That's the biggest problem that existed for the Mocs. No question about that. Jared Bryant, Sam Watson, Drazen Zlovaric, and Z Mason combined to shoot 6 of 20 from the floor. If that's what is going to happen, the Mocs are in trouble. Their big men have to shoot the ball better than that.
Gee McGhee lead the Mocs with 15. McGhee has become a reliable scorer for the Mocs. Rico White only shot 2 of 8 from the floor. Z Mason had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Elon is one of the best teams in the SoCon this year. There is no doubt about it. The Mocs are slowly improving as a young team. But, there are clear problems with this year's club. I'm excited to watch this team continue to get better, but I am realistic about their chances to win the SoCon- very sllim at this point. They were not competitive against College of Charleston, Davidson, and Elon, who are the three best teams in the SoCon.
Dontay Hampton went down with an injury just before halftime and Farad Cobb did not play. Ouch.
Can the Mocs stop the bleeding against UNCG? Possibly. The Mocs are capable of beating UNCG. After all, this team won at Samford, which is something no other SoCon team has been able to do yet. So this team is capable of winning some games.
Still, the Mocs are in desperate need of coming out and playing well in the first ten minutes of the second half. The last three games have all been bad in the first ten minutes of the second half. You can't continue to play like that and expect to succeed.
I'm still enjoying watching this team, and think that next year should be a much better year. There is hope for the future.