CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga opened the second half on a 20-0 run and weathered
Tony White Jr. scored a career-high 31 points for the Cougars, but Keyron Sheard led
The game was tied at 34 at the half, but the Mocs came out of the locker room on fire, scoring the first 20 points of the frame to take control. McDowell got the scoring binge started with a 3-pointer in the first minute, while Patterson added three triples of his own – including one as the shot clock expired from 30 feet – to get the Mocs rolling.
Khalil Hartwell’s steal and thunderous dunk made it an 18-point game and got the home crowd on its feet, and Sheard’s pair of free throws made it 54-34.
The Mocs turned the ball over out of the timeout and Goudelock drained another three –
The Cougars weren’t done, however, getting another Goudelock three-pointer to make it a five-point game with 8:26 to play.
Nicchaeus Doaks’ layup made it 58-51, and Goffney’s one-handed follow dunk on a missed three from Patterson pushed the lead back to nine. After a
White answered with one of his seven three-pointers, but Sheard was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to make it 66-54 with five minutes to play.
White scored seven points in the final two minutes to make things interesting, but
The first half was hotly contested with neither team leading by more than seven, and the lead changed hands five times. A McDowell jumper made it 25-18 with just under eight minutes to play in the half, but White had a jumper and a 3 in a 7-0
Chris Early scored all six of his points consecutively in a 9-2 Chattanooga spurt that stretched the lead back to seven points at 34-27, but a layup from Jermaine Johnson and a couple of free throws from White made it a one-possession game. Marcus Hammond hit a 3 as the shot clock expired with less than a minute left to knot the score heading into intermission.
The Mocs’ 10th league tournament title ties the record held by Davidson and former SoCon member
Goffney and McDowell earned spots on the SoCon All-Tournament first team for
Tony White Jr.,
Stephen Curry, Davidson
Bryan Friday, Samford
Most Outstanding Player – Stephen McDowell,