UTC head coach John Shulman
cuts down the nets following
the Mocs' win
Chattanooga 66, UNC Greensboro 62

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ? Chattanooga claimed its first Southern Conference tournament title since 1997 with a 66-62 victory over UNC Greensboro in the championship game of the 2005 Kyocera Southern Conference Basketball Championship.

The Mocs placed four scorers in double-figures and withstood a late UNCG rally to claim the title on their home floor.

Chattanooga built its lead to as much as 14 points in the second half, but three consecutive three-pointers by UNCG?s Josh Gross initiated a Spartans? run that trimmed the Mocs? lead to just two with 1:29 remaining.

Ronnie Burrell?s tip-in of a Ricky Hickman miss with 14 seconds left again reduced Chattanooga?s lead to one at 63-62. UTC?s Mindaugas Katelynas, the tournament?s most outstanding performer, then drained a pair of free throws to return the margin to three, giving UNCG one last chance to forge a tie. But Casey Long intercepted a Hickman pass and subsequently hit one-of-two from the charity stripe to seal the title for the Mocs.

Katelynas collected 12 points and seven rebounds for UTC while Charles Anderson scored 13 to pace the squad.

UTC?s defense stymied the Spartans in the first half, limiting UNCG to just 19 points and eight-of-24 shooting from the floor in the opening frame. Offensively, Alphonso Pugh came off the bench to score nine points before the break, giving the Mocs a 27-19 advantage.

Overall, the Spartans out-shot the hosts, hitting 21-of-44 (47.7 percent) shots compared to 24-of-58 (41.4 percent) by Chattanooga. But the Mocs owned a plus-seven rebounding advantage and forced four more turnovers the UNCG to make up the difference.

With the victory, Chattanooga (20-10) claims the Southern Conference?s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and will learn of its first-round opponent during the NCAA Men?s Basketball Championship Selection Show, airing on CBS at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.




UNC Greensboro vs Davidson (03/04/05)












Box Score (Final)
Southern Conference
UNC Greensboro vs Davidson (03/04/05)

VISITORS: UNC Greensboro
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
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30 BURRELL, Ronnie..... f 5 12 0 1 4 4 1 3 4 0 14 4 4 0 1 38
42 HINES, Kyle......... f 4 9 0 1 2 4 3 3 6 5 10 0 3 3 0 30
01 JOHNSON, Dwayne..... g 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 1 30
03 HICKMAN, Ricky...... g 3 10 1 4 1 2 0 2 2 2 8 1 2 0 1 34
12 BRISTOW, Ray........ g 4 10 2 2 1 2 2 2 4 2 11 0 1 0 0 30
20 OLEKSIAK, Kevin..... 0 1 0 1 6 6 0 1 1 4 6 0 0 0 0 10
24 GROSS, Josh......... 8 10 4 6 2 2 2 9 11 2 22 2 0 1 0 28
TM TEAM................ 2 2 1
Totals.............. 25 54 7 16 16 20 8 23 31 18 73 10 10 4 3 200

TOTAL FG%: .463 DEADBALL
3-Pt. FG%: .438 REBOUNDS
F Throw %: .800 2,1

HOME TEAM: Davidson
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
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35 KOSMALSKI, Logan.... f 4 9 1 2 2 4 3 7 10 3 11 0 1 0 0 35
42 GRACE, Conor........ f 1 4 0 1 0 0 2 3 5 2 2 2 4 1 0 24
04 MCKILLOP, Matt...... g 1 7 1 5 0 0 1 4 5 2 3 4 1 0 2 26
12 GRANT, Kenny........ g 2 8 1 5 2 3 0 1 1 3 7 4 2 0 0 33
32 WINTERS, Brendan.... g 4 7 3 5 8 10 4 1 5 2 19 2 3 0 1 37
22 JOHNSON, Ian........ 7 15 1 2 2 2 4 2 6 2 17 0 0 0 1 22
30 BLANCETT, Eric...... 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
34 MORTON, Jason....... 3 9 1 6 2 2 1 3 4 3 9 2 0 0 0 20
TM TEAM................ 1 1 2
Totals.............. 22 60 8 27 16 21 16 23 39 17 68 14 11 1 4 200

TOTAL FG%: .367 DEADBALL
3-Pt. FG%: .296 REBOUNDS
F Throw %: .762 3

Date: 03/04/05 Site: Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena) Attendance: 0
Officials: Mike Wood; Karl Hess; Gary Maxwell;
Technical fouls: UNC Greensboro-, TEAM. Davidson-None.
Score by Periods 1 2 Total
UNC Greensboro...... 31 42 - 73
Davidson............ 26 42 - 68
Imported from SC11.BXP
Game ID: SC11