Everything pointed in favor of Appalachian State almost all night.
The Mocs played without leading scorer Omar Wattad due to a back strain. Ricky Taylor had his wrist taped and couldn’t shoot. Point guard Keegan Bell couldn’t buy a basket.
And the Mountaineers led by 12 points in the second half and had control over the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
They should have won. They didn’t.
UTC junior guard Dontay Hampton grabbed a loose rebound, scooted down 90 feet and laid in a the game-winning shot with 0.8 seconds to go in UTC’s 65-63 win.
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 ...