Johnson City, Tenn. (Dec. 19, 2001) - In a game that was almost a mirror image of its last outing, East Tennessee State buried its opponent, the University of Virginia at Wise, early and then ran away with a lopsided win. For the second straight game Dimeco Childress (Columbia, Tenn.) scored 21 points, this time leading the Bucs to a 109-66 men's basketball win over the Cavaliers. ETSU (7-3) extended its winning streak to six with its second straight 100-point performance.
Unlike the Shenandoah game two nights ago, ETSU wasted no time getting a leg up in this contest, scoring the first 11 points of the game, five by Childress, to take an early lead that UVa-Wise (7-4) could not overcome.
The Cavaliers did manage to get back into the game and cut the Buccaneer advantage to five points at 15-10 at the 16:16 mark on a three-point shot by Stacy Ervin. East Tennessee State then took over the game, exploding offensively to outscore the Cavaliers 32-8 over the next 11 minutes. Junior Ryan Lawson (Rogersville, Tenn.) hit three three-pointers during in a two-minute span of the run, helping put the Bucs up by 29 points with 5:12 left until the half.
ETSU's defense held UVa-Wise to just 25 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes as the Bucs ran their lead to 36 points at the half, 60-24.
East Tennessee State continued to flex its offensive muscle at the start of the second half, slowly extending the lead out to 49 points at 82-33 on a pair of free throw by Tiras Wade (Tampa, Fla.) with 11:46 to play. UVa-Wise could not get closer than 39 points the rest of the way as ETSU coasted home with the win.
For the game ETSU shot 54.5 percent from the floor, marking the third straight contest that the Bucs have shot better than 50 percent. ETSU's defense came up with nine steals and six blocks while holding UVa-Wise to 30.8 percent shooting. ETSU held a huge 59-36 edge on the glass.
ETSU placed six players in double figures, led by Childress' 21 points. Isaac Potter (Richmond, Va.) recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. James Anthony (Brandon, Fla.) added 13 points, while Lawson and Wade chipped in 12 apiece. Zakee Wadood (Lonoke, Ark.) had 10 points for the Bucs. Lawson led the team with a career-high six assists.
Erivn led UVa-Wise with 19 points.
East Tennessee State will play its final game before Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 22 when the Bucs will take on Vanderbilt in Nashville at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.