JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 14, 2005) - Thanks to a career high 23 points from junior Ben Rhoda (Dayton, Ohio) and a double-double from junior forward Dillion Sneed (Chicago), the East Tennessee State men's basketball team picked up its second straight win with a 92-83 victory over Western Carolina Monday night in front of 4,364 fans at Memorial Center.
With the win, the Buccaneers improved to 8-16 overall, 4-10 in Southern Conference play, while
"It was great for us to get off to a good start," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "They made a run there on us late in the first half to cut it to eight, but the big key for us in the second half was that Western could never get over that hump. They got to within five or six, but could never get any closer. It's another win and now we've got a little momentum again."
The Bucs, who were coming off a 105-78 win over UNC Greensboro on Saturday, scored 64 points in the first half of that win over the Spartans. The same offensive intensity was there from the outset again against the Catamounts, as the Bucs built a lead of as many as 23 points at 43-20 with remaining before the intermission.
However, the Catamounts - who have now lost 15-straight to the Bucs - clawed back into the contest with a 19-6 run the rest of the way to make it 49-41 at the break.
In the second half,
ETSU was led by Rhoda's career-high of 23 points, while Sneed finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Smith ended the game with 23, while freshman Andrew Reed matched his career high with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. Rhoda just missed a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds.
For the game, ETSU shot 50 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Catamounts, 46-40.
The Catamounts will return to the