CHARLESTON, S.C. --- The Chattanooga Mocs overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to capture a 70-65 win at The Citadel Thursday evening. UTC paired timely shooting with a phenomenal night at the free throw line for the win. That marks five wins in the last six games for the scrappy Mocs squad.
Senior guard Dontay Hampton came off the bench in his first action of 2012-13 for 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 16 minutes of play. Hampton has been sidelined since July with a torn ACL injury. Z. Mason posted team highs with 15 points and eight boards.
Matt Van Scyoc had a game-high 20 points for The Citadel adding six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Raemon Robinson chipped in 15 points in support of Van Scyoc.
The Bulldogs took a 54-44 lead on Van Scyoc’s three-pointer with 11:36 left in the game. It capped a 9-2 run as the Cadets looked in control. Chattanooga had an immediate response.
Mason was strong on the offensive boards scoring a put-back to open a 9-0 run for the Mocs. He added a jumper before Ronrico White tallied a layup and three-pointer with 9:26 to go to cut the lead to one, 54-53.
The Citadel would get the lead back to five, 58-53, on two Robinson free throws with 6:54 to play. After a three-pointer by Mason, Robinson made it a four-point game, 60-56, at 5:31. Hampton took over with three-pointers sandwiching a Stephen Elmore layup to knot the game at 62-all with 4:31 remaining.
From there the Mocs stellar free throw shooting took over. Following Mason’s go-ahead jumper with 1:09 to go, 64-62, Chattanooga made all eight free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the win. Six of those free throws came from one-and-bonus attempts.
UTC made 92.9 percent from the line, hitting 13 of 14. Mason was six-for-six to lead the way, all in the final 23 seconds. Drazen Zlovaric had a perfect night from the field making all six shot attempts. He finished 14 points with White adding 11. Mike Groselle had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Cadets, while Elmore added 11 points and six boards.
Chattanooga got off to a good start. An 11-0 run was capped by back-to-back three-pointers by Farad Cobb and White to put their squad up 22-13 with 6:54 left in the opening frame. The Bulldogs answered with a 12-1 charge to take the 25-24 lead on Robinson’s three-ball at 2:37. Gee McGhee hit a mid-range jumper with three seconds left to send UTC into the locker room up 29-28.
The Mocs stay in Charleston for a Saturday visit to College of Charleston. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.