Men’s Basketball hosts Murray State in Saturday Night Clash

CHATTANOOGA — The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball team ended a three-game homestand with a non-conference tilt against middle power Murray State in an all-day doubles game at McKenzie Arena Saturday night.

Tipp-Off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+, which follows the women’s contest against King Univ. at 1 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Chattanooga (2-3) suffered a narrow, back and forth 72-66 loss to Lipscomb (4-2) in Wednesday’s roundhouse. The Mocs and the Bisons each led for more than 16 minutes while the two teams experienced 11 lead changes and 10 ties throughout the competition.

Jake Stephens led the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds and added three assists during the loss. Demetrius Davis (12), Dalvin White (11) and Jamal Johnson (10) all had double-digit goals. UTC handed Lipscomb a 65.4% field goal percentage (17 of 26) in the second half and allowed 28 points in the paint in the last 20 minutes.

Murray State (3-2) enters Saturday’s game after a successful performance at last weekend’s Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, SC. ​​The Racers finished third with a 2-1 record and recorded wins over Texas A&M (88-79). in the first round and Tulsa (77-60) in the consolation game.

The only loss for Murray State at the Myrtle Beach Invitational came in resounding fashion to UMASS, 71-69. The Racers will be led in 2022-23 by Steve Prohm, who is returning to MSU after a hugely successful four-year stint in 2011-15, during which he led the team to a 104-29 record over that span.

Fans can watch the game LIVE on ESPN+ through the Watch ESPN and ESPN App platforms, or fans can also listen LIVE on WFLI 96.1 FM/100.3 FM/1070AM in Chattanooga as well as the Varsity Network App.

Full game preview, notes and more are below.

Chattanooga (2-3) vs. Murray State (3-2)
Saturday Nov 26 7pm ET McKenzie Arena (10,995)
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Chattanooga Murray State SoCon

10th meeting Record: 2-7 Home: 2-1 Away: 0-5 Neutral: 0-1
Last Session: December 18, 2021 · Murray State, 87-76, en route in Murray, Ky.

Single game tickets start at $10! Single game tickets can be purchased via the link above, by calling the McKenzie Arena ticket office at 423-266-MOCS (6627), or in person at the Gate 3 ticket office.

Normal box office opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The evening box offices at gates 2 and 3 open 90 minutes before the end of the game for on-site sales. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid match day queues. Fans are also encouraged to choose print-at-home or mobile delivery for their purchased tickets.

Chattanooga lost a 72-66 fight to public enemy Lipscomb on Wednesday. The two teams had 11 lead changes and 10 draws, while the home team led the competition by 16:53 while the visitors led by 16:24. The Mocs were capped at a season-low 28.6% during the loss of three and finished shooting at just 37.1% from the ground overall. The Bisons slid to Chattanooga after winning in six games.

Graduate big man Jake Stephens topped 1,500 career points in Wednesday’s loss to Lipscomb. Stephens currently has 1,504 career points, having accumulated 1,416 points over the previous four seasons at VMI. In addition, Stephens has a career total of 773 rebounds, 297 assists, and 159 blocks.

Chattanooga handed Lipscomb a 65.4% field goal percentage (17 of 26) in the second half Wednesday after limiting the Bisons to 28.1% (9 of 32) in the first half. Lipscomb attempted just two three-pointers in the last 20 minutes and scored 28 of his 30 total points in the paint during the span. UTC finished the game with just one of their last nine three-point attempts, finishing with a season-low 28.6% (8 of 28) from deep.

The Chattanooga program and head coach Dan Earl announced the signing of three academic student-athletes as part of the early signing period in November. The Mocs added Sean Cusano (6’8, G/F, Hilton Head, SC), Noah Melson (6’6, G, Alexander, Ga.) and Collin Mulholland (6’10, F, Victoria, Minn.). The trio join current true newcomers Sam Alexis and Brody Robinson as Dan Earl’s first five recruits to become UTC’s chief banker.

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