For the Bucs, who entered the game with back-to-back losses to open the season, it was an opportunity to build some confidence heading into a home stand in which the team will play three games in six days. Two of those contests - Dec. 1 against
"That's one reason we put this game where it is on the schedule," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "When you look at games on the road at Radford and UT, you hope for the best but you also know what could happen. That's not to say we didn't think we could win, but this game gave us a chance to get some work in and get better."
After giving up an average of 100.5 points per game in its first two contests, ETSU did regroup defensively against the Buffaloes. The Bucs held Milligan to just 62 points on 33 percent shooting from the floor (18-of-54), forcing 22 turnovers and collecting nine steals.
On the offensive end of the floor, Sneed dominated by hitting on 9-of-12 shots including 4-of-6 from the charity stripe and picking up a double-double with 10 rebounds. He was joined in double figures by freshman guard Courtney Pigram (
In the first half, Milligan hit on 55 percent of its shots from beyond 3-point range, but the Bucs were equally as hot from the floor and built 54-30 lead at the intermission. In the second half, ETSU remained on the attack and outscored the Buffs 48-32 for the final margin of victory at 102-62.
Along with their point production, the Bucs also got seven rebounds each from Reed and senior guard Ben Rhoda (
For the Buffs, Zach Dezarn pitched in a team-high 14 points and Adrian Harrison added 10. Milligan got a team-high seven rebounds from Jeff Barnes and six from
ETSU returns to action Monday night against Conference