Despite outrebounding the Tigers 38-35 and holding
"It's a tough loss for us," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team dropped to 2-2 on the season. "But with 28 turnovers, as I look at the stat sheet, that's the key to the game. I was pleased that we out-rebounded them and played good defense, but the second half is what really killed us."
In the first half, sophomore point guard Courtney Pigram (
However, the Tigers came roaring out of the gate in the second half, turning up the defensive pressure and promptly going on an 18-5 run that gave them the lead at 41-39 with just over 13 minutes left in the game. The lead changed hands twice again midway through the half, but ultimately the Tigers gained the advantage and did not let it go the rest of the way. Freshman Dequan Twilley (Memphis) hit a 3-pointer and was fouled, making the free throw and cutting the Tiger lead to 61-58 with 1:22 remaining, but the Bucs were unable to get any closer.
For ETSU, Pigram led the way with a game-high 19 points and Smith pitched in 13. For
The Bucs will return to action Tuesday night at