Bucs lose another close one, 68-64 at Wofford
Bucs lose another close one, 68-64 at Wofford
Saturday, February 5, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 5, 2005) - It was another close game and another tough loss for the East Tennessee State men's basketball team.


The Buccaneers had their opportunities late in the game but victory was elusive once more, as a poor offensive effort in the second half doomed ETSU and allowed the Wofford Terriers to drop the Bucs 68-64 Saturday evening at the Benjamin Johnson Arena. With the loss, the Bucs moved to 6-14 overall, 2-8 in SoCon play, while Wofford improved to 10-10, 3-6.


"We did a lot of good things, but in the second half we were not as efficient as we have to be," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team has lost six games by a total of 18 points this season. "Defensively, we played well enough to win. We had 10 steals and outrebounded them, and usually that is all you need to win. We've had some tough losses on the road this year and this was the same story."


ETSU outrebounded the Terriers 48-34 for the game and held Wofford to just 42 percent shooting from the floor. However, the Bucs were just 3-of-20 from 3-point range for the game and committed 21 turnovers, opening the door for the Wofford win.


In the first half, the Bucs led 32-26 with just over four minutes left before the intermission. However, ETSU suffered an offensive drought the rest of the way, allowing the Terriers to go on an 11-4 run to take a one-point lead at 37-36 at the break.


Offensively, the Bucs shot just 31 percent from the floor in the second half and Wofford took advantage. While ETSU tied the game at 37, the Terriers regained the lead and never relinquished it the rest of the way, even though the Bucs cut the advantage to three twice late in the game.


For the contest, junior guard Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) led all scorers with 28 points - the 32nd time in his career that he has eclipsed the 20-point mark. Joining Smith in double figures was sophomore guard Travis Strong (Memphis, Tenn.) with 13 points. Junior forward Dillion Sneed (Chicago) had a career-high 19 rebounds.


Wofford was led by Tyler Berg with 18 points, while Adrien Borders and Eric Marshall had 14 and 10, respectively.


The Bucs will return to action on Monday night, as they travel to Elon for a SoCon matchup with the Phoenix. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.