CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Easley had 22 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer late, and 12 rebounds and Chattanooga held off The Citadel 73-71 on Saturday to win its third straight.
Chattanooga led 41-32 at halftime, but the Bulldogs closed to 45-43 on an 11-0 run early in the second half before taking a 60-58 lead on Lew Stallworth’s 3-pointer with 7:22 to go. The lead traded hands until Easley’s 3 gave the Mocs a 70-69 lead with 56 seconds to go.
Free throws by Jerry Johnson Jr. and Donovann Toatley made it a three-point game, but the Bulldogs closed to 72-71 on Stallworth’s two free throws with eight seconds left. Jonathan Scott iced it with 1 of 2 from the line and Stallworth’s floater in the paint missed at the buzzer.
Ramon Vila scored 17 points and blocked two shots for the Mocs (10-10, 5-2 Southern Conference), who made 13 of 19 free throws and outshot the Bulldogs 48 percent to 42 percent.