UNCG 88, Chattanooga 84
Key Stat: UNCG 53.8% from three point range. The Spartans knocked down 7 of 13 from three point range and made 53.8%. The Mocs were the top three point percentage defense in the SoCon prior to Thursday's game. However, the Mocs three point defense has not been good as of late. The Spartans knocked down seven threes. The Mocs just knocked down four.
Player of the Game: Kyle Cain. Cain scored 24 points with ten rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks. Cain knocked down 7 of 10 from the floor along with 9 of 10 from the free throw line. He is a very good SoCon player, and will need to play like it if the Spartans are going to survive in Asheville for long.
What It All Means: The Mocs fell to 10-4 in SoCon play, which means that they are in a tie for third at the moment with Western Carolina and Wofford and a half game back on Elon. The Mocs travel to Western Carolina on Thursday and then host Appalachian State. They now need some help to finish second. They have to win out to guarantee a third place finish. The Mocs are struggling right now. Will they turn it around in time? Who knows, but it better start this week if it is going to. UNCG finds themselves in sixth now, a half game ahead of Samford and a full game ahead of Georgia Southern. The Spartans finishing kick is still brutal. They have to go to Davidson and Wofford. The Spartans finally came up with the win against top SoCon competition that they have been searching for. I'm going to have to see the Spartans match-up in Asheville before determining my thoughts on their fortunes in the tournament.