Originally created 02/04/03

Chattanooga edges Georgia Southern



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Jason Rogan scored 22 points and Alphonso Pugh stole an inbounds pass with a second left to give Chattanooga a 97-94 victory Monday night against Georgia Southern.

Chattanooga (15-6, 7-3 Southern Conference) barely held on after enjoying as much as a 17-point lead early in the second half. It was the third straight win for the Mocs.

The Eagles (11-9, 4-5) cut the lead to 94-93 with 30 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Kordel Gibson. Pugh and Ray Trowell made free throws down the stretch to push Chattanooga's lead to 97-93 with two seconds left.

Julius Jenkins of Georgia Southern was fouled, made one free throw to make in 97-94, then purposely missed the second to give the Eagles a chance to shoot a 3-pointer that would have tied it. The Eagles got the rebound and called a timeout.

But Pugh won the scramble for the Mocs after Gibson's errant pass, and time ran out.

Tim Parker scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half as Chattanooga took a 48-43 lead at the break.

Ashley Champion scored 16 points for the Mocs, and Trowell finished with 15. Pugh scored 11 and Aaron Morgan added 10.

Jenkins led all scorers with 33 for the Eagles, while Jean Francois scored 20. Gibson finished with 17 and Frank Bennett added 12.