CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Bothwell had 22 points as Furman edged past Chattanooga 77-73 on Wednesday in a Southern Conference opener for both teams.

Bothwell made four free throws in the last 30 seconds, sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Malachi Smith, to give Furman a three-point lead at 14.1. Smith was off on another 3-pointer and Garrett Hien put Furman ahead by two possessions.

Jalen Slawson had 16 points for Furman (7-3). Noah Gurley added 13 points and Clay Mounce had nine rebounds.

David Jean-Baptiste had 18 points for the Mocs (9-1), whose nine-game season-opening winning streak was broken. KC Hankton added 17 points and Smith had eight points and 10 rebounds.


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