7:00 PM ET, March 9, 2009
McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Sheard scores 18, Mocs score first 20 points of second half to beat Cougars
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- As the hometown fans celebrated around him, Chattanooga's Keyron Sheard leapt on to the table at press row, landed on his back and started laughing."I was just so excited," he said. "I was going to run all the way up to the top."After a season that seemed unlikely to end in the NCAA tournament, that's exactly where Sheard and the Mocs (18-16) are headed after beating College of Charleston 80-69 on Monday night to win the Southern Conference championship.
• Chattanooga won its 10th Southern Conference tournament title, tying Davidson for the most titles among active conference members.
• The Mocs return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005.
• Charleston fell in the finals for the second time in the last three years despite a career-high 31 points and seven 3-pointers from Tony White Jr.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-65 (.400)||25-57 (.439)|
|3P Made-Attempted||12-33 (.364)||8-21 (.381)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-7 (.714)||22-27 (.815)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||23 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|