Mocs Upset by Elon in SoCon Tournament Quarterfinals
Seniors Kevin Bridgewaters and Marcus Watts
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

BOX SCORE

 

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.---Chattanooga (18-13) dropped a heartbreaking 60-57 to seventh-seeded Elon (13-18) in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament in the North Charleston Coliseum.  The second-seeded Mocs led for a large portion of the second half before the Phoenix triumphed in the final minute.

 

The Mocs got off to a slow start offensively scoring just one field goal, also three-of-eight from the free throw line, in the first seven-plus minutes falling behind 10-4.  Over the next 4:41, Chattanooga went on a 13-2 run to take a 17-12 lead at 8:40.

 

Elon followed with a 14-3 run of its own to regain the lead at 26-20 with 3:19 left in the half.  The Mocs exploded on an 8-0 burst to move ahead 28-26 on a Stephen McDowell trey from the left wing at 2:01 finishing the half up 31-28.

 

Both teams did not give an inch to start the second half.  The Mocs extended their lead to six, 39-33, on two Marcus Watts free throws at 16:11.  The Phoenix would carve into the lead and then the Mocs would forge ahead.  Elon tied the score at 54 with 3:35 to play on a Chris Long three-pointer from the left wing.

 

With 2:06 to go, Kevin Bridgewaters knocked down a three from the right wing to make it 57-54.  At the 59.3 mark, Ola Atoyebi scored and went to the line for the three-point play, but the iron was unkind and the Mocs lead was one at 57-56. 

 

Atoyebi put the Phoenix up 58-57 with 21 seconds left on a put-back of a Montell Watson miss.  A missed Mocs shot was followed by two Brett James free throws for Elon to make it 60-57 with just six seconds remaining.  A Stephen McDowell three was just off the mark at the buzzer to secure the upset for the Phoenix.

 

The Mocs were led by all-conference forward Nicchaeus Doaks with 12 points and five rebounds while battling foul trouble.  Watts and Khalil Hartwell each added 10 points.

 

Atoyebi came off the bench to post a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  James chipped in 12 points and eight boards, while Watson added 11 points.

 

Chattanooga shot just 37.1 percent (17-49) from the field and 60 percent (18-30) from the free throw line.  It was the first game this season Chattanooga lost when leading with five minutes to play (16-1).

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