Davidson 42, Tennessee-Chattanooga 40
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Gerry Born sank a 22-foot jumper at the buzzer and gave Davidson its first Southern Conference basketball championship in 16 years with a 42-40 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga.
The championship carries an automatic NCAA bid and thus gives Davidson a spot in the 64-team field. It marks the first NCAA trip for the Wildcats since 1970.
Born was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Davidson led 40-38 after Born sank two free throws with 47 seconds left. UTC was working the perimeter when Anthony Tanner intercepted James Hunter’s pass and was fouled, but Tanner missed the front end of a one-and-one foul with 29 seconds left.
Dwight Harris took a pass from John Gibson and sank a 22-foot jumper from the right side with nine seconds left to play.
Davidson used an inbounds pass and time out to move the ball to midcourt. Then Born took the inbounds pass from Tanner, dribbled once and fired home the winning basket over Lance Fulse from just above the top of the key.
Davidson was going for its first league championship since 1970, when it downed Richmond 81-61. It was the third title match for the Wildcats since 1973 - they lost to Furman that season and dropped the 1982 championship game to UTC.
The Moccasins were in their fifth title game in the last six years after finishing this season as the league’s No. 1 team.
Born finished with 14 points as Davidson climbed to 20-10.
Carliss Jeter scored 14 points as the Moccasins dropped to 21-9.