The Buccaneers had six players score in double figures, led by junior forward Ben Rhoda (
"There were a lot of encouraging signs and a lot of bright spots," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "Ben was really good and James shot the ball very well. I think double-doubles from two of our new players was also a good sign. But there were some discouraging signs as well. We didn't shoot free throws well and we had way too many turnovers. There's room for improvement."
While UVa.-Wise eventually put together some offense to finish with 60 points in the game, it was ETSU's tenacious defensive effort in the first half that dug to deep a hole for the Highland Cavaliers. In fact, the Cavs did not reach double figures on the scoreboard until the mark of the first half and trailed 55-16 at the break.
The Bucs kept the pressure on in the second half despite playing without the services of junior guard Tim Smith (
For the game, the Bucs shot a blistering 68.8 percent from the floor and posted a 52.9 percent clip from 3-point range. Meanwhile, UVa.-Wise hit on only 32.3 percent from the floor and shot 42 shots from outside the 3-point arc. ETSU out-rebounded Wise 47 to 28.
In addition to the efforts of Rhoda, Anthony, Mitchell and Reed, junior transfer Dillion Sneed (Chicago) also reached double figures with 12 points, while senior Sam Oatman (
For UVa.-Wise, Blake Mellinger led the way with 20 points, while teammates Joey Blackwell and Jarred Soles added 18 and 14 points, respectively.
The Bucs will be back in action on the road Tuesday night at