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ETSU beats Chattanooga, pulls within half-game atop SoCon

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - T.J. Cromer and A.J. Merriweather scored 15 points apiece to lead East Tennessee State to a 65-51 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday. East Tennessee State (22-6, 12-3 Southern) has won four straight and eight of its last nine games, and pulled a half-game back of Furman atop the conference standings. The Buccaneers host the Paladins on Wednesday. Tevin Glass added 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting for ETSU. Tre' McLean scored 11 points and Johnathan Burroughs-Cook had 10 for Chattanooga (19-8, 10-5), which had its two-game win streak snapped and falls to fourth place in the conference. McLean's 3-pointer gave the Mocs their last lead, 27-26, early in the second half. ETSU used a 23-3 run to take a 49-30 lead with nine minutes left. Merriweather had eight points and Jermaine Long scored all five of his points during the stretch.

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