CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga’s Stephen McDowell tallied a game-high 32 points and the Mocs connected on 48 percent of their 3-point shots en route to a 81-70 victory over Samford in the semifinals of the 2009 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship.
McDowell also finished the contest with five assists and four rebounds while only committing one turnover and no fouls. Kevin Goffney chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds. Rounding out the double-figure scorers for the Mocs was Ty Patterson with 10.
Scoring all of the Bulldogs’ points were five double-figure scorers in Bryan Friday (17), Josh Davis (16), Trey Montgomery (16), Andy King (11) and Josh Bedwell (10).
The Bulldogs, who came into the tournament last in the SoCon in rebounding margin, were handled on the boards getting outrebounded 40-19, including a 15-3 margin on the offensive glass. This margin led to a 17-2 advantage for the Mocs in second-chance points.
The Mocs jumped out to a quick 18-11 lead by hitting six-straight 3-pointers to open the game. The Bulldogs hung with the Mocs, however, on the strength of 61.9 percent field goal percentage and 54.5 percent 3-point shooting in the first half. UTC hit nine 3-pointers in all to take a 42-36 lead into the break.
Samford was able to cut the lead to three at 46-43 at the 16:33 mark of the second half, but the Bulldogs would get no closer as the Mocs pulled away to extend their lead to as many as 16 at two occasions before closing out the 11-point victory.