Chattanooga 65, Savannah St. 63

Keegan Bell scored 20 points and led a second-half rally as

Chattanooga edged Savannah State 65-63 Saturday night in

nonconference action.

The Mocs (2-3) trailed 35-25 at halftime but tied the game

midway through the second half before Bell took charge. His 20

points included 5-for-6 shooting on 3-pointers and 5 of 6 from the

foul line. His last two 3-point baskets gave Chattanooga leads of

57-54 and 60-57.

Deric Rudolph, who came off the bench to lead Savannah State

(1-5) with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer to tie it 60-60 with 47

seconds left. Bell’s two free throws with 26 seconds remaining gave

Chattanooga the lead for good. The Tigers drew within 64-63 with

five seconds left but Bell hit one of two foul shots. Preston

Blackmon missed a 3-pointer just before the final buzzer.

Chris Early had 15 points for Chattanooga. Joshua Montgomery

scored 12 for Savannah State.