SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Ty Patterson led five Chattanooga (11-12/7-5) players in double digits to claim an 84-77 comeback win over Wofford (9-11/5-6) in Johnson Arena Thursday night. Patterson scored 23 points in 22 minutes as the
The Mocs trailed by as many as 12 in the first half and by as many as six inside of five minutes to play.
It was a wild first half as the Terriers got off to a hot start making three three-pointers, two by Junior Salters, to take a 9-0 lead right out of the gate before a Khalil Hartwell free throw got the Mocs on the board. The Terriers would extend that lead to double digits at 12:23 on a Matt Estep three-pointer to make it 21-9.
The Mocs closed to 27-23 on a Keyron Sheard three-pointer from the left wing at 7:24. Corey Godzinski answered with two seconds left on the shot clock to put the Terriers back up by seven, 30-23.
Down 11, 36-25, Chattanooga scored six straight to close within five at 36-31 on a Patterson three-pointer from the right wing, one of four treys for him in the first half. In the waning seconds and Wofford up 10, freshman point guard Jasper Williams hit his second three-pointer in as many possessions, this one with the clock winding down to close the halftime margin to seven, 44-37.
The two teams combined to his 20 shots from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes with 10 different players making at least one with Salters nailing five of six. Wofford made 11 in 18 tries, 61.1 percent, while the Mocs knocked down 60 percent, nine of 15.
Wofford jumped back up by 11, 50-39, on a Terry Martin basket at 18:04. The Mocs would whittle the lead down to two twice, before the Terriers pushed it back to seven, 65-58, at 7:50 on a Martin layup.
Patterson got a three-point play the old-fashioned way at 7:35 on a jumper in the lane and subsequent free throw to make it 65-61. Godzinski would push the lead back to six, 70-64, with a basket at 4:50.
The Mocs closed the margin to four again with 3:58 left on a Keyron Sheard layup with a chance for the three-point play coming out of the media timeout. The free throw made it 70-67.
After two more Patterson free throws made cut the deficit to one at 70-69, the Mocs defense forced the second shot clock violation of the second half. Patterson continued his clutch shooting at the line with two more at 2:48 to give
The run from the free throw line as the Mocs hit 10 straight free throws sandwiched around a Nicchaeus Doaks thunderous dunk to give Chattanooga 13 unanswered points to go up 77-70, a lead it would not surrender.
Patterson’s 23 points is a career high as he hit seven of 10 from the field, four of six from beyond the arc and five for five from the charity stripe. Hartwell scored 10 points to go with a game-high 11 rebounds to lead UTC to a 37-24 advantage on the glass.
The Mocs shot an amazing 73.7 percent (14-19) from the field in the second half as well as 81 percent (17-21) from the charity stripe.
Salters scored 18 points and grabbed five boards to lead the Terriers. Tim Johnson added 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and six steals. Kevin Giltner came off the bench to add 10.
It’s off to Greenville, S.C, for the Mocs as they take on the Furman Paladins on Saturday at 4 p.m., before heading to Birmingham, Ala., on Monday to face new North Division rival Samford at 8:30 p.m. (EST).