JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (
The Bucs, who have won six of their last seven games, improved to 7-7 overall, 4-3 in A-Sun play. Meanwhile,
"Anytime you get a conference win that's a good win," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "Having five guys in double figures is something you have to be happy about because I think that shows we're getting better. I was excited to see Timmy get that milestone, but as for the game we have to start defending and rebounding better. It's obvious we can score points, but we need some stops."
ETSU, which started the game without senior guard Ben Rhoda (Dayton, Ohio) due to a right ankle injury and without senior forward Dillion Sneed (Chicago) due to a stomach illness, still got double figure scoring from its starting five players. Smith led the way with 26, while junior guard Travis Strong (
In the first half, the Bucs zoomed to a substantial lead and held a 17-point advantage three times. However, the Dolphins battled back thanks to a 17-3 run midway through the half and trailed by just three at 33-30 with left before the intermission. ETSU withstood the rally, though, and closed the half with a 6-2 run to lead 47-39 at the break.
While the Bucs had five players in double figures,
ETSU shot a blistering 55 percent from the floor, 50 percent from beyond the arc, forced 18 turnovers and grabbed 10 steals on the night.
The Bucs will continue Atlantic Sun Conference play Monday night at home, taking on