Sophomore guard Courtney Pigram (
"What do you say about Courtney Pigram, a guy who finishes with 29 points, 18 assists and eight rebounds. That's really unbelievable" said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team improved to 22-8 overall, 16-2 A-Sun. "Courtney played some at the one and at the two tonight, and he really did a great job. He showed tonight why he should be the player of the year in this league."
Pigram was not alone, however, as junior forward Kenyona Swader (Smyrna) collected a career high 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the 3-point line, matching the third best long-range shooting night in ETSU history. Meanwhile, senior walk-on Nick Tuggle (
Swader received more minutes in the game when senior forward Brad Nuckles (Council,
"We see that from Nick all the time in practice and I guess now I'll have to answer a lot of questions about why he doesn't play more," Bartow said. "Kenyona Swader was just fantastic, too. It was a good win, especially to beat Mercer, a team that is one of the more improved teams in our league this year."
The first half was filled with highlight reel plays, beginning with Tuggle electrifying the crowd with a 3-pointer and five early points. It continued with dunks from Swader, Thomas and junior forward Andrew Reed (Port
For the game, ETSU finished with a 55 percent shooting clip (41-of-75), while hitting on 45 percent from beyond the arc (13-of-29). As a team, the Bucs dished out 29 assists, and hit on 17-of-20 shots from the foul line.
Mercer (13-16, 8-10) had four players in double figures, led by 27 points from James Florence, as well as 20 from Ross Alacqua, 14 from Shaddean Aaron and 12 from Brian Pfohl.
The Bucs will return to action in the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Thursday evening, when they will face the No. 8 seed at inside