Averett Runs Past Covenant 75-64

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Visiting Averett used a 24-6 scoring run over the final 10 minutes to defeat the Covenant men's basketball team 75-64 in USA South action on Saturday afternoon inside Barnes Physical Education Center.

Colton McGriff led all scorers with 24 points, while collecting 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Covenant drops back to .500 on the year at 6-6 and 1-1 in conference play. Averett picks up its first USA South win of the season as they move to 3-7 overall and 1-1 in league games.

Covenant held a 58-51 lead with 10:08 left in the second half after Nate Frierson buried a pull-up jumper, but the Scots had difficulty finding the net after that. Averett slowly chipped away at its deficit, eventually taking a 62-60 lead on a Paul Porter tip-in with 5:28 left.

Another Frierson jumper cut the Covenant deficit to 67-64 with 2:57 remaining, but Covenant would get no closer.

Ben Phelps totaled 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting for Covenant. Frierson tallied nine points and three assists. Teron Ferguson collected a game-high four steals.

Averett was led by JaColby Hawkins' 16-point effort in a reserve role. Trevor West had 11 points, dished out six assists and had nine rebounds while Bradley Robinson and Carter Jones each grabbed 11 boards in the win.

The first half was a tightly played affair as Averett took a small 39-37 lead heading into the break after a Robinson layup with just a few ticks left. 

In the second half, Covenant took a 52-46 lead after a 9-0 scoring spurt that was capped by a Daniel Garret steal and layup with 14:20 remaining. The Scots would push their lead out to seven at 58-51 before Averett came storming back to claim the victory.

Covenant connected on 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from the field and 10-of-16 from the foul line. Averett made just 40.3 percent (25-of-62), but had a 48-31 rebounding edge, including 19-7 on the offensive glass. Averett used those 19 offensive rebounds for 16 second-chance points.

Covenant will be back in action next Friday when they host USA South member Methodist. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m., or 25 minutes after the women's game concludes.


Lookouts Keep Rolling With 3-1 Win Over M-Braves Saturday

Edgar Corcino and the Lookouts pitching staff combined to send Chattanooga fans home happy on Fan Appreciation Night with a 3-1 win over the Mississippi Braves.  Corcino tripled in two runs to start the scoring in home half of the fourth Saturday. Ryan Walker and Travis Harrison came home to score on the big hit and gave the Lookouts a lead they would hold the rest of the ... (click for more)

Dalton State Women's Soccer Defeats Johnson & Wales University 4-2

The Dalton State women’s soccer team did it again. The Lady Roadrunners found themselves down by 2-0 at halftime against Johnson & Wales University (Fl.) “After making some adjustments during the break, I could tell the girls were fired up and hungry and I had a great feeling we would win the game,” said DS Coach Kerem Daser. “I guess you can call my ladies the comeback ... (click for more)

Family Forced From Home After Storm Blows Tree Onto House

As a severe thunderstorm blew through the Chattanooga area Sunday afternoon, high winds knocked down a large tree onto a house around  4 p.m.  at 1105 E. 13th Street. Captain David Thompson, Jr. said no one was injured, but the damage was severe enough that the family would have to stay elsewhere  tonight . Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast ... (click for more)

Michael Wilson Back In Bradley County; Due In Court On Monday

Michael Wilson is back in Bradley County, and was escorted into the Correctional Facility around 8:15 p.m. Wilson’s first appearance in court will be on Monday, at 9 a.m. in the Bradley County General Sessions Courtroom at the Judicial Complex at 2290 Blythe Ave. Wilson was arrested last week, after e ndangered Bradley County child Skyla Wilson was found safe in Colorado ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (3)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Girls - ‘I Can And I Will’

Every night after the Rodriguez girls went to sleep not that long ago in a grim, rat-infested basement apartment on Chicago’s South Side, their father – a boxing referee who came to America from Puerto Rico -- would kneel beside the girls’ bed and whisper in each child’s ear. Their parents made them sleep hot-dog style, tightly wrapped in the same sheet and pressed together to protect ... (click for more)