Johnson City, Tenn. (Dec. 15, 2001) - Senior Dimeco Childress (Columbia, Tenn.) scored 25 points and the East Tennessee State defense forced 16 James Madison turnovers as the Bucs cruised to an 84-57 men's basketball victory this afternoon at Freedom Hall. It was the fourth win in a row for ETSU (5-3) and the second consecutive game that Childress has reached the 20-point plateau.
James Madison (3-3) drew first blood in the contest on a inside basket from Pat Mitchell for the 2-0 lead. Junior Ryan Lawson (Rogersville, Tenn.) then drained a three-point shot that gave the Bucs a 3-2 lead, one that they would not give up the rest of the afternoon.
Sophomore Jerald Fields (Gainesville, Fla.) then took over, scoring the next eight points for ETSU, leading the Bucs to an 11-7 lead. He and Childress each scored 12 points in the first half, as the Bucs went on to take a 41-33 lead into the locker room at the half. Mitchell kept the Dukes in the game with 13 first-half points.
East Tennessee State's defense made the difference in the second half, holding James Madison to just 26 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes. The Bucs, on the other hand, shot over 50 percent in each half and slowly extended their lead. A Childress jumper with 10:37 left to play gave ETSU a 59-42 lead; and the Bucs went on to outscore JMU 25-15 the rest of the way to cruise home with the win.
For the game ETSU shot 52 percent from the floor while holding JMU to 37 percent shooting. The Dukes also committed 16 turnovers to just nine for the Bucs, ETSU's lowest number of miscues this season.
Childress led all scorers with his 25 points, with Fields adding 15 and Zakee Wadood (Lonoke, Ark.) contributing 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds. David Fanning led James Madison with 16 points, while Mitchell finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards.
East Tennessee State will swing back into action quickly, hosting Shenandoah University on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Center.