Johnson City, Tenn. (Dec. 17, 2001) - Shenandoah University scored the first three points of the game, but East Tennessee State recovered, putting up 59 first half points as the Buccaneers rolled to an easy 110-60 win over the Hornets tonight at the Memorial Center. It was the most points scored by an ETSU team since the Bucs took a 111-79 win over Carson-Newman back in the 1993-94 season. Senior Dimeco Childress (Columbia, Tenn.) scored 21 points to lead the Bucs (6-4) to their fifth straight win.
In a sluggish first five minutes of the game, Shenandoah (4-4) took an early 3-0 lead on a jumper by Chris Merriweather and a free throw from Tyson Thompson tw0 and one-half minutes into the contest. It took East Tennessee State three minutes to score its first points of the game, with those coming on a pair of free throws from Childress.
Childress' layup at the 16:08 mark, the Bucs first field goal of the game, ignited the ETSU offense. Trailing 5-4 at the time, the Bucs reeled off a 29-6 run over the next seven minutes to take a commanding 33-11 lead at the 8:38 mark. Freshman Tiras Wade (Tampa, Fla.) led the charge, scoring eight of the points during the run. From there the Bucs continued to expanded the lead, taking a 59-25 lead into the locker room. ETSU forced 14 first-half turnovers, turning them into 29 points, and shot 65 percent from the floor on its way to the 34-point lead.
The second half was much the same as the first, with the Bucs extending their lead to as many as 60 points on a dunk by Shannon Huffstetler (Mount Holly, N.C.) with 5:13 to play.
For the game ETSU shot 54.7 percent from the floor, the second straight contest in which the Bucs have shot better than 50 percent. ETSU's defense came up with 18 steals and seven blocks while holding Shenandoah to 32 percent shooting.
Every player dressed for ETSU scored in the game, led by Childress' 21 points. Huffstetler recorded his first career double-double, getting career highs with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Wade wound up with 18 points, with Zakee Wadood (Lonoke, Ark.) and James Anthony (Brandon, la.) adding 13 apiece. Isaac Potter (Richmond, Va.) also hit for double figures with 10 points. Ryan Lawson (Rogersville, Tenn.) led the Bucs with five assists.
Merriweather led Shenandoah with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
East Tennessee State will swing back into action quickly, hosting the University of Virginia-Wise on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Center.