McCallie Edges Baylor in a Thriller 46-45

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Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Two big three point plays from McCallie’s Eric Rivers to close out each half helped the Blue Tornado beat Baylor 46-45 on Tuesday night at the McCallie school. Rivers hit a lay-up and was fouled just before the first half horn sounded. The three point play gave Big Blue a 24-23 lead at halftime. McCallie went up eight in the third quarter before Baylor chipped away at the advantage.  Troy Boynton hit a three to beat the third quarter buzzer to pull Baylor within 37-36. The Red Raiders eventually took the lead in the fourth quarter. With Baylor ahead by three points with roughly 1:40 left in the game, Boynton converted a lay-up, but he was called for a charge, and the bucket didn’t count. With just over 20 seconds to play, Rivers hit a wide open three pointer from the wing to put McCallie up 46-45. Red Raiders were still down one with 2.7 seconds to play. Boynton got the ball just past half-court, but his long distance shot was off the mark, and McCallie celebrated the one point win. Rivers had a game high 19 points, while Boynton led Baylor with 14 points.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.