With the victory, ETSU has now won eight of its last nine games and improves to 9-7 overall, 6-3 in A-Sun play. Meanwhile, Stetson drops to 2-14, 2-6.
In the first half, the Bucs held a slim five-point advantage at 14-9 with 12:53 remaining before the break. However, at that point, the Hatters completely substituted five new players for their starting lineup and the Bucs capitalized with an 18-2 run over the next four minutes to make it 27-16 with eight minutes left. The two teams would trade baskets the rest of the half and ETSU led 42-31 at the intermission.
Stetson managed to cut into the ETSU advantage in the second half thanks mainly to a 9-1 run that culminated at the 12:35 mark with a foul shot by Garfield Blair, making it 52-47. ETSU withstood that charge and actually regained a 14-point lead at 71-57 with 3:34 remaining in the game. It was then that Stetson went to a full court pressing attack and once again cut the lead to five at 71-66 with 1:55 left. The Bucs used their solid foul shooting from there to hold on and get the win.
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The Bucs shot 80.5 percent from the floor, with players like Sneed - who have struggled from the line so far this season - going 8-of-11 from the line. ETSU out-rebounded the Hatters 37-34, forcing 16 turnovers and grabbing 10 steals.
Stetson was led offensively by E.J. Gordon, who scored a game-high 26 points. He was joined in double figures by Kris Thomas, who netted 10 points. Stetson forced 20 turnovers by the Bucs and grabbed 14 steals.
ETSU now continues on its road trip, as the Bucs will travel to