(Nov. 10, 2006) - Sophomore guard Tayloe Taylor (Memphis) dished out a career high nine assists and four Buccaneer players reached double figures in scoring as the ETSU men's basketball team raced to a 90-43 season-opening win over UVa.-Wise in front of 4,150 fans Friday night inside Memorial Center.
For the Bucs (1-0), sophomore guard Dante Williams (
"I thought we did some good things," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "Our defense seemed to get better tonight, having 20 assists after 21 in our exhibition game last week was good to see, and 20 assists shows we're getting some things done at the point. This is a good win, but next week is a whole different animal. We have
"We don't know what to expect because we're so young."
The Bucs are indeed youthful. Starting three freshmen and a sophomore Friday night, it was the first time since 1987 that ETSU has put a starting team on the floor that was so inexperienced. However, after trailing 5-4 with remaining in the first half, ETSU took the lead at 6-5 on a foul shot by freshman Blake Mishler (
It was much of the same in the second half, as the Bucs outscored Wise 49-25 for the 47-point victory. ETSU shot 48 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range. Outrebounding the Cavs 49-34, the Bucs also picked up 13 steals. No ETSU player saw more than 23 minutes of action and 11 played double figures in minutes.
Also for the Bucs, freshman Petras Balocka (
For Wise, Zydrunas Rackauskas scored nine points and had 10 rebounds to nearly pick up a double-double. Meanwhile, Joey Blackwell and Jarrel Soles also pitched in nine points apiece.
The Bucs will return to action Monday night against former Ohio Valley Conference foe