CHATTANOOGA – Sometime time seems to stand still and tonight for Wright State coach Brad Brownell the game clock just seemed to be frozen as Chattanooga rained a blizzard of 3-pointers over the last 47 seconds to erase a 25 point lead and get within three points before losing the Championship game 87-82.
In the first half Wright State (8-3) came out on fire going on a 34-5 run to take a 34-7 lead at the 10:20 mark. The Raiders were led by Troy Tabler’s 14 points (5-7) and Vaughn Duggins' 13 points (5-6). They shot 64.3 percent (18-28) and 62.5 (10-16) percent from beyond the 3-point line.
“Duggins made shots over our hands and Brown made shots,” said Chattanooga coach John Shulman. “They are a methodical basketball team that beat Butler 43-42. We tried to speed them up and they make shots. If the shots don’t go in, it looks good, they go in, end of game.”
Chattanooga (8-5) got the deficit down to 16 points at 50-34 at the half by making four 3-pointers and shooting a respectable 47.8 percent (11-23).
The Wright State came out to start the second half with a 16-7 run to get their lead to 66-41 with 13:04. The Raiders were cruising to victory until the 2:33 mark when the Mocs went on a 24-10 run.
You read that right, it was 34 points scored by both teams in less than three minutes.
It was led by five 3-pointers by Stephen McDowell and a total of six out of eight in that 2:33 time span.
Brownell thought that being on the road against a team down by a lot with nothing to lose contributed to the big Mocs’ comeback.
“It is hard to play with a big lead like that on another person’s court. Everyone thinks it is really easy. The other team is playing a little bit looser because they are already down. You have to be careful not to be a little bit tentative,” explained Brownell. “Where we really won the game was in the second half, I think we defended well, especially the first 5-7 minutes.”
The Raiders were led by Duggins’ game-high 22 points and Todd Browns 21 points. Troy Tabler ended the game with 16 points and Jordan Pleiman put in 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Raiders.
-Shane Dansby – Belmont
-Scottie Wilson – Wright State
-Kevin Goffney -- Chattanooga
-Vaughn Duggins – Wright State
-Nicchaeus Doaks – Chattanooga
Most Outstanding Player
-Todd Brown – Wright State