The Chattanooga Mocs went cold in the second half losing 60-55 to UNC Greensboro in the Greensboro Coliseum. It came down to the shooting outage and opportunistic offensive rebounding by the Spartans.
The Mocs came out quick and took a 32-24 lead into intermission. Mohammed Abdulsalam capped a 12-2 run over 9:15 of clock time to give the Spartans a 45-40 advantage. It was during a 12:47 span where the Mocs made just one shot, a KC Hankton tip-in.
Malachi Smith broke the skid with a three at 6:52. David Jean-Baptiste got the lead back, 48-47 with a three of his own at 5:41.
It was short lived. Kaleb Hunter’s layup with 1:01 to go made it a six-point deficit, 58-52. A.J. Caldwell had the answer with a three from in front of his bench. The Mocs played tough defense and forced a missed shot, but UNCG collected the offensive board with the rebound tipped out of bounds by Smith.
The inbounds came to Hunter who took a short jumper. It came, but Isaiah Miller claimed the rebound and putback to provide the final, 60-55.
“We wanted to win badly,” Coach Lamont Paris began in his postgame press conference. “It just came down to … when you have a lead it dissipates for a couple of reasons. Extra possessions by way of turnover, extra possessions by way of offensive rebounds, or a team gets really hot. They got 12 second-chance points in the second half, 15 for the game.
“That is one that is hard to swallow … that number. That number is too high.”
The Mocs play their road finale Wednesday at Mercer. It airs on ESPN+ or over the airwaves in Chattanooga via WFLI 97.7 FM and 1070 AM.