A crowd of 3,872 looked on as ETSU took a 35-13 halftime lead and then pulled away in the second half for the 35-point victory. The Bucs improved to 4-6 on the season, while
"I saw a lot of encouraging things out there - five guys in double figures, 20 assists, and a nice first game for Greg Surmacz (Peterborough, Ontario)," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team now gets to enjoy a four-day break before returning to Johnson City to prepare for the second half of the season. "Whether you're 10-0 or 4-6, the Christmas break is always a nice layoff. I'm not one for excuses, but we are a banged up team and we've struggled so far this season so I think we need this time off."
In the first half, the Bucs led by a score of 16-10 and their defensive pressure finally began to make an impact on the Bulldogs' offensive efforts.
In the second half, the Bulldogs actually cut the lead to as few as 11 points at 61-50 at the mark. However, from there the Bucs would outscore
ETSU forced 30 turnovers by the Bulldogs, held a 49-39 rebounding advantage, collected 13 steals and shot 45 percent from the floor. The Bucs were also an impressive 48 percent from 3-point range and held Union to just 35 percent from the floor for the game.
Along with Strong's 22 points, the Bucs got an additional 22 from junior guard Tim Smith (
ETSU returns to action on Dec. 30 as the Bucs travel to take on the Memphis Tigers. Gametime is set for (EST) and fans can listen to the game beginning at with the pregame show on the Mountain States Health Alliance