Defense keys 78-41 victory in preparation for Kentucky
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2010) - Using an offensive surge in the opening minutes of the second half and posting another strong defensive effort, the ETSU men's basketball team rolled to another exhibition victory by dropping Tusculum 78-41 Monday evening inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
The Bucs, who will open their 2010-11 regular season slate Friday evening at 7 p.m. against SEC foe Kentucky, got a game-high 16 points and double-double effort thanks to 13 rebounds from junior Isiah Brown (Miami, Fla.). Meanwhile, senior Justin Tubbs (Trussville, Ala.) added 15 points and fellow senior Micah Williams (Manchester) pitched in 10 points in the winning effort.
"We didn't have a very good start, but the last 30 minutes were much better," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team committed 28 fouls on the evening compared to just 14 by the Pioneers. "We fouled way too much, and you can't just keep putting the other team's best players on the line. Isiah was good the first half and the press was big for us in the second half. I wish we were further along as a team, because we're not really where we want to be in preparation for Friday."
ETSU did not get off to a good start in this one, trailing by a score of 7-2 five minutes into the game. However, the Buccaneers would outscore the Pioneers 30-9 over the next 15 minutes and ultimately led 36-21 at the break.
After the intermission, the Bucs did not repeat their mistakes of the first half and for the second straight game used their aggressive full court press to ultimately outscore Tusculum, 42-20 the rest of the way. ETSU held the Pioneers to just 29 percent shooting for the game, while hitting on an impressive 59.3 percent clip.
The Bucs also forced 22 turnovers in the contest and picked up 11 steals. In addition, ETSU blocked eight shots and out-rebounded the Pioneers 36-26. The Bucs shot well from 3-point range, knocking down 41.2 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-17).
Tusculum was led in scoring by Johnson City native and former Science Hill High School standout Dionte Grey.
The Bucs will return to action Friday night at Kentucky, with the game set to be televised by Fox SportSouth. For more on ETSU hoops, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men's basketball link.