Dec. 5, 2004
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Mindaugas Katelynas had 17 points and nine rebounds and Steve Cherry added 10 points as Chattanooga stunned Tennessee 69-68 on Sunday afternoon.
The Mocs (3-2) last beat Tennessee in 1925, losing 23 straight in the series, and had not beaten a Southeastern Conference team since 1997.
The Volunteers (3-2) were in trouble the entire game. Their last lead was 68-66 after Chris Lofton hit a 3 with 1:37 remaining.
Chattanooga's Chris Brown made a 3 at the other end with 1:16 left, and the Mocs hung on for the first big victory under new coach Jeff Shulman.
Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon, who uncharacteristically struggled from beyond the arc, missed a 3 with 45.9 seconds to go and was whistled for an offensive foul on Katelynas.
Katelynas missed the first free throw, got the rebound and was then called for traveling with 16 seconds left.
McFadgon missed again and was called for another offensive foul on Ricky Hood with 2 seconds left. Hood missed both free throws.
Tennessee's Brandon Crump got the rebound, but his heave across the court was way off at the buzzer.
Watson led the Vols with 19 points while McFadgon had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Crump added 10 points.
Chattanooga used a tough defense to force Tennessee to make outside shots. The Vols were 11-of-29 beyond the arc.
But the Mocs were better - 12-of-24.
Chattanooga led at halftime by one and pushed its lead to seven with 9:07 left after Jerice Crouch hit a 3 and then sank a free throw on the Mocs' next possession.
But Watson made a 3 to start a 9-1 run that Andre Patterson finished with a dunk to put the Vols ahead 57-56 with 5:45 to go.
Chattanooga regained the lead in its next possession with Katelynas' two free throws and held on to it until Lofton's shot.
The Mocs beat Georgia in the second round of 1997 NCAA tournament.