CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Ronrico White and Z. Mason each nailed a 3-pointer in the game’s final 90 seconds to help the Chattanooga Mocs hold off the Maine Black Bears 86-80 in the Dr. Pepper Classic title game Monday night.
Maine’s Shaun Lawton hit two free throws with 1:43 left to cut the Mocs lead to 77-75 with 1:43 left, but White and Mason each hit the clutch hoops on the Mocs next two possessions to pull away from the Bears.
Dimitry Akanda-Coronel turned in another strong game for the Bears (2-10) as he finished with a game-high 24 points and added six rebounds. Killian Cato chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds while Christian Ejiga, Lawton and Troy Reid-Knight each added 10 points.
Lawton also dished out nine assists.
Casey Jones and White each scored 20 points to pace the tourney hosts (6-8). Gee McGhee contributed 17 points, 10 assists and five rebounds while Mason notched 15 points and 15 rebounds.
The Bears took a 43-39 halftime lead behind an 11-4 scoring surge that gave them a 34-23 advantage with 6:24 left in the half. Coronel sparked the run with seven points.
The Mocs responded at the start of the second half when they outscored the Bears 17-4 in the first six minutes behind nine points from McGhee.
The Mocs enjoyed a shooting edge from the field over the Bears as they converted 31 of 60 shots (51.7 percent), compared to Maine’s 31 of 66 (47 percent).
Maine returns to action when it hosts America East foe Binghamton at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
At Pittsford, N.Y., senior guard Nicholas DaPrato scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Clark University by the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the third game of the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Tournament hosted by St. John Fisher.
The loss is the third straight for the Huskies who fall to 5-7 on the season. Clark captures its fourth straight win to improve to 9-2 overall.
Senior center Tyler Penney led the Huskies with 12 points and seven rebounds — both team-high totals. Sophomore Cole Libby added 10 points, while sophomore Jacob Littlefield had another strong effort off of the bench with 10 points.
At Pittsford, N.Y., Fisher (5-4) drained 13 3-pointers in the game’s opening 27 minutes, including a career-high seven from junior Adam Ambielli, who finished with a game-high 23 points, in the victory over Thomas during the final game of the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Tournament
Sophomore guard Levi Barnes paced Thomas of Waterville (2-7) with 10 points.
At Boston, the UMass Boston Beacons used a 57-29 rebounding advantage to the win over the Husson University Eagles.
For UMass Boston, Olivia Murphy (Canton, MA) recorded her seventh double-double in a row with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of play. Junior Kirsten Morrison registered 10 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
UMass Boston is now 7-2 and Husson is 3-4.