Chattanooga edges Elon 79-78 in SoCon tourney
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)—Kevin Goffney scored 18 points and Chattanooga held off Elon 79-78 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament on Saturday night.
A shot by Elon’s Devan Carter bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Stephen McDowell and Nicchaeus Doaks scored 17 points apiece for the Mocs, who made 12 of 24 3-pointers.
Chattanooga used a 12-4 run to build a 39-29 lead with 2:49 to go before halftime, but the Phoenix (11-20) went on an 11-1 run to tie the game at 40 at the break.
With the Mocs ahead 65-50 with 10:28 to play, Elon had a 23-8 run to tie the game again at 70.
After Elon took a 78-77 lead on a Long 3-pointer with 1:52 left, Goffney hit two free throws with 1:16 remaining.
Ola Atoyebi, who missed two free throws with 53 seconds left, led the Phoenix with 20 points. Chris Long had 18 and was 6 of 8 from 3-point range.
Chattanooga will play Samford, a 76-67 winner over The Citadel, in Sunday’s semifinals.