published Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Samford knocks off Mocs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Samford picked up its first Southern Conference win of the season today at the Hanna Center, beating the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s basketball team 81-70.

The Bulldogs led 44-32 at the half and remained in control of the game until UTC’s Dontay Hampton was inserted into the game and drilled three 3-pointers in a short stretch to get the Mocs back in the game.

UTC eventually took a brief lead, 49-48, with 12:33 to play when Omar Wattad made a pair of free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. But Samford responded to every challenge and sealed the win at the free-throw line.

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about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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