Covenant Men Rally To Beat Ferrum 71-68

Friday, January 3, 2014

Sophomore Daniel Garrett wasted little time in making his presence known in his first game of the season.

Garrett scored 11 points, nine of which came in the second half, and had the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:37 remaining to lift the Covenant men's basketball team to a 71-68 victory over Ferrum in the USA South opener for both teams.

The Scots improve to 6-5 overall on the year but also earned their first USA South victory in program history. Ferrum drops to 3-7 overall and 0-1 in leage play.

Garrett, who did not play in the first semester, was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field to go along with two assists and three steals in 15 minutes of action. Chris Boyd set a career-high with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting while collecting seven rebounds. Ben Phelps came off the bench and drained three 3-pointers in the first and tallied 13 points total.

Nate Frierson had seven points and three assists. Colton McGriff, the second leading scorer in the league behind Ferrum's Jamal Pullen, was held to only eight points but did grab eight rebounds.

Covenant trailed 67-63 late in the second half after Ferrum's Brian Clarke connected on a jumper. Two free throws from McGriff cut the deficit to two at 67-65 with 2:33 left. Moments later, Garrett made a steal and converted a tough layup to knot the score at 67 with just over two minutes remaining.

On Covenant's next possession, Garrett let fly a 3-pointer from the left corner and buried the shot giving the Scots a 70-67 edge. Covenant held a 71-68 lead with 31 seconds to go and held up defensively as Ferrum was unable to get a good look at a 3-pointer to tie the game. Clarke missed a contested 3 and Alek Ayer misfired from deep as the clock wound down.

Clarke led Ferrum with 17 points and four assists. Rashawn Speas scored 14 points with eight rebounds. Pullen, coming in averaging 22.1 points per game, was injured in the first half and did not return to to game after scoring four points in eight minutes. 

Covenant shot 39.7 percent (25-of-63) from the floor and 16-of-20 from the free throw line, while holding a slight 38-35 edge in rebounding. Ferrum made 45.6 percent (26-of-57).

The first half was tightly played with neither team gaining more than a four-point advantage. Ferrum went into the break with a slim 33-31 lead.

Ferrum stretched its lead out to eight at 43-35 after a Clarke jumper with 16:02 left in the second half. Covenant eventually chipped away at the deficit and took a 56-55 lead after a Garrett layup with 7:54 remaining. From there, Ferrum would grab the lead again before Covenant came rallying back in the final minutes.

The Scots will host USA South foe Averett on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside Barnes Physical Education Center.


PHOTOS: Tyner Upends Notre Dame, 27-21, In Overtime

East Ridge Rallies to Edge Brainerd, 21-14

" I would rather be ugly and 2-0 than pretty and 1-1 ... our defense played outstanding and we played our guts out at the end." East Ridge coach Tracy Malone after the Pioneers rallied to defeat Brainerd   It's the type of comeback win a senior quarterback talks about with friends and teammates for years.  Friday night on the road, down seven late in the ... (click for more)

City, County To Spend Up To $300,000 To Improve Moccasin Bend Police Firing Range

The city and county will spend up to $300,000 to upgrade the police firing range at Moccasin Bend. The city and county earlier had made plans for an indoor firing range on E. 11th Street that would have cost over $3 million, but the plug was later pulled on that idea. Officials said a new portable building will be transported to the Moccasin Bend site. The project also ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Takes New Cost-Cutting Measures

Hutcheson Medical Center has announced new cost-cutting measures as it tries to stop ongoing losses. A trustee has asked that the Fort Oglethorpe hospital's bankruptcy process be dissolved, saying it has accumulated over $5 million in debt during the 10 months it has been in bankruptcy. The board of directors for Hutcheson Medical Center voted Wednesday evening to suspend ... (click for more)

Vote To Save Graduate Medical Education Funding

As a resident physician at UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, I know first-hand the impact Medicare financing for Graduate Medical Education has on physician education and access to care for patients in our community and communities all over the country.  GME funding provides medical school graduates the opportunity to complete the required years of clinical residency training ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Black Lives Matter’ To Me

Between the time a 14-year-old boy was shot four times late Sunday afternoon on 7 th Street and a 20-year-old reputed gang member was killed Tuesday night on Willow Street, there appeared in my morning reading an article on “Black Lives Matter.” I read it because I mourn over what the black community continues to struggle with in both our city and our country. It is an article, ... (click for more)