Live at Dr Pepper Classic: Wright St Wins Wild Final

    
December 31st, 2007

CHATTANOOGA – Sometime time seems to stand still and tonight for Wright State coach Brad Brownell the game clock just seemed to be frozen as Chattanooga rained a blizzard of 3-pointers over the last 47 seconds to erase a 25 point lead and get within three points before losing the Championship game 87-82.

In the first half Wright State (8-3) came out on fire going on a 34-5 run to take a 34-7 lead at the 10:20 mark. The Raiders were led by Troy Tabler’s 14 points (5-7) and Vaughn Duggins' 13 points (5-6). They shot 64.3 percent (18-28) and 62.5 (10-16) percent from beyond the 3-point line.

“Duggins made shots over our hands and Brown made shots,” said Chattanooga coach John Shulman. “They are a methodical basketball team that beat Butler 43-42. We tried to speed them up and they make shots. If the shots don’t go in, it looks good, they go in, end of game.”

Chattanooga (8-5) got the deficit down to 16 points at 50-34 at the half by making four 3-pointers and shooting a respectable 47.8 percent (11-23).

The Wright State came out to start the second half with a 16-7 run to get their lead to 66-41 with 13:04. The Raiders were cruising to victory until the 2:33 mark when the Mocs went on a 24-10 run.

You read that right, it was 34 points scored by both teams in less than three minutes.

It was led by five 3-pointers by Stephen McDowell and a total of six out of eight in that 2:33 time span.

Brownell thought that being on the road against a team down by a lot with nothing to lose contributed to the big Mocs’ comeback.

“It is hard to play with a big lead like that on another person’s court. Everyone thinks it is really easy. The other team is playing a little bit looser because they are already down. You have to be careful not to be a little bit tentative,” explained Brownell. “Where we really won the game was in the second half, I think we defended well, especially the first 5-7 minutes.”

The Raiders were led by Duggins’ game-high 22 points and Todd Browns 21 points. Troy Tabler ended the game with 16 points and Jordan Pleiman put in 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Raiders.

Notes:

All-Tournament Team

-Shane Dansby – Belmont
-Scottie Wilson – Wright State
-Kevin Goffney -- Chattanooga
-Vaughn Duggins – Wright State
-Nicchaeus Doaks – Chattanooga

Most Outstanding Player

-Todd Brown – Wright State