published Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

College of Charleston tops Mocs in two OTs

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It’s a rising tide for the Mocs as they leave the Lowcountry.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s basketball team played its best game of the season but fell 87-85 in double overtime at the College of Charleston on Saturday.

The Mocs played with the effort and intensity that held them in a close game at Butler but disappeared for two weeks, resulting in lethargic losses to Kennesaw State, Gardner-Webb and Georgia Southern.

“Chattanooga is back,” said senior point guard Keegan Bell, who had a triple-double of 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in the Southern Conference game. “I don’t know where we went — a black hole or something. Being back is playing with our heart.”

Still, as coach John Shulman pointed out, a loss is a loss and months from now it will appear to be a similar game to Thursday, when UTC (2-6, 0-2) fell behind 16 points at Georgia Southern, which was picked fifth of six teams in its division.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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