Feb. 7, 2008
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Stephen McDowell connected on a three-pointer with 30 seconds left and Noah States was unable to connect from long range in the final seconds as Chattanooga held off Furman 66-63 in Southern Conference action Thursday at the McKenzie Arena.
Chattanooga (15-9, 10-4) led by seven points with under 10 minutes to go, but the Paladins, who buried 10 second half three-pointers, connected on four treys in the final 7:30 to keep pace with the host Mocs. States tied the game at 60-60 on a layup with 3:46 remaining. After a Nicchaeus Doaks three-point play, States answered again with a trey to even the game at 63-63 with less than two minutes to go.
Furman (4-19, 3-11) held the Mocs to one shot on the next possession, but Alex Opacic had his potential go ahead layup blocked with less than a minute left leading to McDowell's game-winning three on the other end.
Chattanooga, who completed the regular season sweep of the Paladins, opened the game on an 8-0 run before Furman reeled off a 13-2 spurt to take a 13-10 lead. The Mocs erased a one-point Paladin cushion with a 7-0 run at the end of the period to take a 31-27 advantage into halftime.
Doaks paced the Mocs with a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds. He was joined in double figures by McDowell and Marcus Watts with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Chattanooga shot 41.3% from the field while outrebounding Furman 46-34 and outscoring the Paladins 30-18 in the paint. The Mocs made good on 9-of-29 attempts from beyond the arc and 5-of-7 from the foul line.
Justin Dehm and George Brozos led Furman with 15 points apiece while States added 13 points. Dehm made 5-of-10 tries beyond the arc and Brozos contributed six rebounds and three steals. Connor Nolte totaled six points, six boards and four steals. Tony Anderson came off of the bench to register five points, five rebounds and six assists.
Furman shot just 36.9% (24-65) from the field, but connected on 15 of a school-record 42 three-point attempts. The Paladins missed their only two free throw attempts of the contest.
Furman returns home on Sunday to host UNC Greensboro. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Timmons Arena.