Johnson City, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2002) - Led by senior Dimeco Childress' (Columbia, Tenn.) 20 points, East Tennessee State snapped a two-game losing streak, taking a 71-58 win over Wofford in Southern Conference men's basketball action. The win extended ETSU's home winning streak to 18 games, a streak that is currently the eighth longest in the nation in Division I.
East Tennessee State (10-8, 3-4 SoCon) jumped out to quick five point lead two minutes in at 7-2 on a steal and a layup by freshman Tiras Wade (Tampa, Fla.), but Wofford (9-10, 3-4 SoCon) quickly regained its composure and tied the game at 7-7 on a layup by Lee Nixon.
Leading 19-18 with 8:22 left in the half, ETSU went on a 14-6 run, led by Zakee Wadood's (Lonoke, Ark.) seven points, to take a 33-24 lead with 3:26 left. Wofford climbed right back into it, outscoring the Bucs 5-0 for the rest of the half to cut the lead to 33-29.
ETSU could not extend its lead in the second half, and only led 46-45 after a pair of free throws by Wofford's Justin Stephens with 11:42 left in the game. Just when Wofford looked as if they were ready to take a lead, ETSU got hot at the free throw line. After the Terriers pulled to within one, ETSU hit 10-of-12 free throws over the next seven minutes. With the Buccaneer defense holding Wofford to just one field goal in that time, ETSU found itself up 60-49 with four minutes to play.
Wofford could only manage to cut the lead down to eight points in the final minutes and the Buccaneers got a pair of dunks from Wade and Childress to ice the win.
Childress led all scorers with his 20 points, the seventh time he has reached the 20-point mark this season. Wadood had a career-high 16 rebounds to go with 17 points and four blocks, his fifth double-double of the season. Wade finished the night with 16 points for the Bucs.
Grant Sterley led Wofford with 17 points. Mike Lenzly added a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards, tying him with Wadood for the most double-doubles in the SoCon this season. Lee Nixon also chipped in 12 points for the Terriers.
ETSU, which had a 60 percent second half shooting percentage, outshot Wofford for the game, .473-.421. The Buccaneers also enjoyed a comfortable 43-27 edge in rebounding.
ETSU, playing back-to-back home games for the first time since December, will host Chattanooga on Saturday, January 26 at 4:00 p.m in its next outing. Wofford will also be home in its next game, hosting UNC Greensboro on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.