CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- College of Charleston survived a career night from Chattanooga’s Z. Mason and a baffling final few seconds for a 71-68 victory over the Mocs tonight at McKenzie Arena.
The Mocs cut Charleston’s lead to 70-68 on Ronrico White’s 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, but then let the Cougars run all but one second off the clock before fouling.
Andrew Lawrence made one free throw with 1.4 seconds left, and White’s heave at the buzzer bounced off the rim as the Cougars escaped with their sixth straight win.
Forward Trent Wiedeman had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Charleston, which improved to 18-7 overall and 9-2 in Southern Conference basketball. Lawrence and Anthony Stitt scored 13 points each for the Cougars, 9-2 on the road this season.
Mason, formerly a tight end at Ole Miss, scored a career-best 27 points for the Mocs (9-15, 4-7), and freshman Gee McGhee added 20.
Wiedeman scored twice on passes from Stitt to give Charleston a 68-63 lead before White’s trey at 1:05 made it 68-66. Nori Johnson made two free throws with 32 seconds left to set up the final sequence.
Stitt’s 3-pointer with eight seconds left gave the Cougars a 36-35 lead at the half, despite 17 first-half points from the Mocs’ Mason.
The Cougars are back home Thursday for a showdown with SoCon South Division leader Davidson. The Wildcats beat Charleston, 77-68, on Jan. 19.