CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Trent Weideman scored 16 points, including two late baskets, and College of Charleston hit last-minute free throws to hold off Chattanooga 71-68 Saturday night.
The Cougars (18-7, 10-3 Southern Conference), who led 36-35 at halftime, scored when it counted late against Chattanooga (9-15, 4-7). With Charleston leading 64-63, Weideman -- who also had 10 rebounds -- scored on a dunk, then a layup to make it 68-63. Ronrico White hit a 3-pointer, however, with 1:21 left to cut it to 68-66.
But two foul shots by Nori Johnson with 32 seconds remaining offset a Gee McGhee jumper for the Mocs. After an Andrew Lawrence free throw with 0:03 left made it 71-68, White missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Z. Mason led Chattanooga with 27 points. McGhee added 20 and Drazen Slovaric scored 15 points.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.