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Chattanooga 81, Samford 70

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Stephen McDowell scored 32 points to lead Chattanooga to a 81-70 win over Samford in the Southern Conference tournament semifinals on Sunday night.

McDowell capped a 17-7 run with a 3-pointer to give Chattanooga a 63-50 lead with 9:36 to go in the second. The Mocs (17-16) maintained at least an 11-point lead until the final minute, making that the final margin as well.

Chattanooga will face College of Charleston in the championship game on Monday.

McDowell was 9 of 16 from the field, including 7 of 10 from the 3-point line, and scored 19 points in the first half. Kevin Goffney added 13 points for the Mocs.

Bryan Friday led the Bulldogs (16-16) with 17 points and Trey Montgomery and Josh Davis added 16 apiece.

The Mocs trailed 27-25 before going on a 13-2 run capped by a McDowell 3-pointer with 3:31 to go in the first half.