After The Citadel's losing streak reached 11 games on Thursday at Western Carolina, Bulldogs coach Chuck Driesell said it was "gut check" time for his basketball team.
The Bulldogs showed some fortitude on Saturday night at Chattanooga, snapping that skid with a 48-46 win over the Mocs at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Citadel outscored Chattanooga, 12-3, over the final 5:31 to erase a seven-point deficit and win for the first time since Jan. 7, when the Bulldogs beat Samford, 73-62.
"It feels good," said Driesell, whose team is 5-22 overall and 2-14 in the Southern Conference with two games, both at home, left in the regular season. "I feel great for the guys. They've worked extremely hard.
"We had a hard workout today, on the day of the game, and a hard workout (Friday). They followed the game plan to a T, and it was a heck of a team win for The Citadel."
Freshman guard Lawrence Miller made 5 of 10 shots from 3-point range for 15 points, and the Bulldogs matched a season-high with 10 treys against the Mocs (10-19, 4-12), who have given up the most 3-pointers in league play this season.
Driesell called a timeout with 5:44 left, after Chattanooga took a 43-36 lead. The Bulldogs got the lead back at 46-44 on a Marshall Harris 3-pointer with 1:58 left, and pushed the lead to 48-44 on Mike Groselle's putback with 59 seconds left.
The Citadel survived two 3-point tries by Mocs guard Keegan Bell in the final seconds.
"We had not scored on six straight possessions, and we were struggling," Driesell said of his timeout message. "I told the guys, there are five minutes let and it's our turn to make a run. We put two or three really good possessions together, and played great on defense."
The Bulldogs shot 26 percent from 3-point range in their previous nine games, but went 10 of 21 against Chattanooga, including 2 of 3 by DeVontae Wright and 2 of 4 by Harris.
"We know they can shoot it," Driesell said. "We put a tape together of games when we really put it in the hole and I think that, along with a lot of shooting in practice, helped us tonight."
Dontay Hampton scored 12 points to lead the Mocs. Top scorer Omar Wattad was 0 of 11 from the floor with one point.
The Bulldogs close the regular season with home games against Appalachian State on Wednesday and College of Charleston on Saturday.
"We've never given up," Driesell said. "I give a lot of credit to these guys for not letting what happened in the past get them down."