College of Charleston tops Mocs in two OTs

College of Charleston tops Mocs in two OTs

December 3rd, 2011 by David Uchiyama in Local Regional News

CHARLESTON, S.C. - It's a rising tide for the Mocs as they leave the Lowcountry.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball team played its best game of the season but fell 87-85 in double overtime at the College of Charleston on Saturday.

The Mocs played with the effort and intensity that held them in a close game at Butler but disappeared for two weeks, resulting in lethargic losses to Kennesaw State, Gardner-Webb and Georgia Southern.

"Chattanooga is back," said senior point guard Keegan Bell, who had a triple-double of 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in the Southern Conference game. "I don't know where we went - a black hole or something. Being back is playing with our heart."

Still, as coach John Shulman pointed out, a loss is a loss and months from now it will appear to be a similar game to Thursday, when UTC (2-6, 0-2) fell behind 16 points at Georgia Southern, which was picked fifth of six teams in its division.