Chattanooga Mocs' McDowell earns SoCon honor

Chattanooga Mocs' McDowell earns SoCon honor

January 7th, 2009 by David Uchiyama in Sports

Stephen McDowell tossed in a layup before practice Tuesday to become the first basketball player to make a shot in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's new Chattem practice facility.

That shot came a couple hours after he was named Southern Conference men's player of the week.

McDowell averaged 25.7 points per game and sank 20 of 33 3-point attempts as the Mocs went 2-1 from Dec. 23 through Monday. The loss was Saturday night at Georgia Southern.

"We got those two wins - we pulled together as a team - and it's an exciting honor," McDowell said. "But I'd rather have that Georgia Southern win."

He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 34 games - the fourth longest streak in the nation - and tied the UTC record with nine 3s against Niagara.

"He made every shot he shot for three games," coach John Shulman said. "Congrats to him. He had a special week. I expect big things from him the rest of the year."

McDowell was the last UTC player to earn the weekly award - last Jan. 14.

Tobacco Road tests

The SoCon's string of guarantee games against Goliath competition continues tonight on television.

Davidson will play at No. 2 Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7 on ESPN, and the College of Charleston will play at No. 3 North Carolina at 9 on FSN South.

"Any time you go to Cameron you can really get undressed," Davidson coach Bob McKillop said during the weekly SoCon teleconference. "I've had a lot of very good players play in Cameron, and getting undressed is something that happens quite frequently. And it doesn't have to be in Cameron - it can be against any Duke team."

Charleston (10-2, 2-1) will likely be without sophomore Jeremy Simmons (right knee) and Marcus Hammond (broken nose) against the Tar Heels (13-1).

"The big thing right now is that we're beat up," Cougars coach Bobby Cremins said. "It's not the best time to be playing those guys, especially after they lost."

The Citadel equals wins

Ed Conroy's baby Bulldogs have grown a bit and matched their win total from last season before the calendar turned to January.

The Citadel went 6-24 with a single win in SoCon competition last season. This year's Bulldogs are 6-7 and won at UNC Greensboro in their first SoCon game before losing at Elon two days later.

"I'm happy with our guys so far," Conroy said. "We're still young and I see us maturing all the time."

The reigning SoCon freshman of the year, Cameron Wells, and the return of Demetrius Nelson from injury have boosted the Bulldogs, who will face Georgia Southern on Thursday.

"(Wells) has had to step up his play and we've asked him to handle more traditional point-guard duties," Conroy said. "He's ready for that now."