UTC Mocs defeat UNC Greensboro, rise to 7-1 in SoCon play (slideshow)

UTC forward Justin Tuoyo (5) and UNCG guard RJ White try to rebound the ball during the Mocs' SoCon basketball game against the UNCG Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga.
photo UTC forward Justin Tuoyo, left, dunks ahead of UNCG's RJ White during the Mocs' SoCon basketball game against the UNCG Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at McKenzie Arena.

Justin Tuoyo sat at the podium Saturday with a black eye that, while not incurred against UNC Greensboro on Saturday, very well could have happened with the inside battles the game included.

"I'm trying to cover it," the 6-foot-10 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga center said of the shiner, which happened in practice during the week. "It makes me look tough."

UTC posted its 11th win in the last 13 games Saturday, defeating the Spartans 81-72 in front of 4,177 fans at McKenzie Arena. The win gives the Mocs a 14-7 record, with a 7-1 mark in Southern Conference play, heading into Thursday's showdown in Macon against Mercer, which is 6-2 in the conference.

Greg