NASHVILLE (March 6, 2008) - When the ETSU men's basketball team needed them most, seniors Travis Strong (Memphis), Kenyona Swader (Smyrna), and Andrew Reed (Port Richey, Fla.) made the plays needed to capture a quarterfinal win in the 2008 General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
Strong broke a 71-71 tie thanks to a midrange jumper with 1:46 left in the game, Reed blocked two Lipscomb shot attempts in the last minute, and Swader hit three critical free throws to pick up an 81-74 win over host Lipscomb Thursday night inside Allen Arena. For the game, Strong finished with a team high 16 points, Swader finished with 14 rebounds and 11 points to post his third career double-double, and both junior forward Kevin Tiggs (
"That's just a great win for us," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team improved to 19-12 on the year and will play
In the first half, ETSU opened with a 9-0 run and led 11-2, but the quick start was quickly answered by the Bisons, who went on an 11-2 run of their own to tie the score 13-13 with 12:47 left. From there, though, the Bucs - powered by a season high eight points from Greg Hamlin (
A pair of three-pointers from Lipscomb's Michael Lusk stopped the bleeding for the Bisons, but the Bucs shot 55 percent from the floor for the half and ultimately led 46-37 at the break.
The back-and-forth battle continued in the second half, as Lusk once again carried the Bisons, scoring five points to help Lipscomb to a 9-2 run and making the score 48-46 with 16:29 left in the game. Just as that momentum seemed to be building, ETSU burst out with a 14-4 run highlighted by a behind-the-back pass from Pigram to Micah Williams (
Not to be outdone, the Bisons quickly answered over the next four minutes with a 9-0 run to make it 62-59 before a pair of free throws from Swader made it 64-59 and stopped the scoreless streak. But Lipscomb methodically battled back, and finally tied the game 71-71 with a lay up and free throw by Jimmy Oden.
At that point, Strong made his baseline jumper, Reed blocked a Lipscomb shot, Swader made a foul shot, the Bucs got another stop and foul, and ultimately made enough free throws at the end to ice the game. The Bucs finished at 48 percent from the field for the game and out-rebounded Lipscomb 42-35. From the foul line, the Bucs hit 76 percent of their attempts (19-of-25).
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