Johnson City, Tenn. (Jan. 26, 2002) - Poor free throw shooting and a 23-point afternoon by Chattanooga's Toot Young was enough for the Mocs to come into Johnson City and come away with a 66-61 win over East Tennessee State in men's Southern Conference basketball action. The loss halted ETSU's 18-game home court winning streak.
Neither team could find much offense at the beginning of the game, with both teams shooting around 20 percent over the first 10 minutes. A basket by Jerald Fields (Gainesville, Fla.) at 10:08 put ETSU (10-9, 3-5 SoCon) up only 10-9. Chattanooga (11-10, 4-4 SoCon) then found some of its shooting touch, and took a 20-13 lead on a layup by Young with 5:28 left in the half.
ETSU then found some offense and climbed back into the game by scoring six straight points, four by Tiras Wade (Tampa, Fla.), to make it 20-19 with 3:19 left. Chattanooga pulled back out to an eight-point lead on a three pointer by Tim Parker with 23 seconds left, but the Bucs' James Anthony (Brandon, Fla.) answered with a trey of his own with just two seconds showing to make it 30-25 at the half in favor of the Mocs.
Cold shooting did in the Bucs in the first half, as they hit only 31 percent of thier shots, including a frigid 2-of-16 from three-point range. Chattanooga, on the other hand, shot 46 percent and hit 3-of-7 treys.
Chattanooga extended its lead to nine points on a layup by Dusty Pullian at the 17:08 mark at the start of the second half. Ryan Lawson (Rogersville, Tenn.) then led ETSU back into the mix, hitting a pair of treys that fueled a 10-2 run that brought the Bucs back to within one at 38-37 with 13:13 left in the game.
Young put a stop to the ETSU run, hitting three treys over a two minute span to lead the Mocs back to a six-point advantage at 51-45 with 8:08 to go.
ETSU came right back, however, and took its first lead since early in the first half on a pair of free throws from Wade that made it 55-53 with 4:42 to play.
That would prove to be the high water mark for the Bucs, however, as Chattanooga rallied down the stretch, outscoring the Bucs 8-3 over the final three minutes to claim the win.
Wade and Zakee Wadood (Lonoke, Ark.) each posted double-doubles for the Bucs, with Wade scoring a team-high 16 points to go with 10 rebounds. Wadood finished with 12 points and 11 boards. Fields added 14 points for the Bucs.
Young led all scorers with 23 points, including hitting four of his nine three-point attempts. Pullian had a double-double for the Mocs with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Parker added 12 points.
Chattanooga shot .407 for the game, and outrebounded the Bucs, 45-39. ETSU had shooting woes all afternoon, and only finished with a .338 shooting mark, going just 4-for-25 from three-point range. The Bucs also had trouble at the free throw line, hitting only 13-of-24 attempts.
ETSU will swing back into action on Wednesday, Jan. 30, when the Bucs will travel to VMI for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Keydets.