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Charleston outlasts Bucs late to take conference opener
Saturday, December 04, 2004
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 4, 2004) - The College of Charleston Cougars outscored East Tennessee State 14-6 in the final 4:36 to take a 79-72 win over the Buccaneers Saturday afternoon in the Southern Conference opener for both teams at Memorial Center.
Over 4,700 fans came out to see the contest, which was highlighted by senior guard Tony Mitchell's game-high 21 points, all of which came in the second half. The Buccaneers struggled offensively, turning the ball over 24 times compared to just 10 for the Cougars.
"It's a game of inches and it came down to the last five minutes. They just played better," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team dropped to 2-4 overall, 0-1 in SoCon play. "My message to the team was it's a long season. We're not playing very well right now, but I'm sure we'll turn things around. Only one team makes the NCAA Tournament out of this conference, and that's the team that wins the conference tournament. That's still a long way down the road."
The Bucs and Cougars traded baskets early on before
In the second half, Mitchell was on fire, hitting on 5-of-9 shots from 3-point range and collecting all 21 of his points. He was the difference despite the fact the two teams traded the lead four times. With the score in favor of
"That was a huge play, but I can't say more or I'll get in trouble," Bartow said.
For the game, four
ETSU got a team-high 15 points from Smith, who also picked up his third career double-double with 10 rebounds. Smith was joined in double figures by junior post Brad Nuckles (Council,
"Getting Brad back was big for us," Bartow said. "We're disappointed right now, but we're not ready to panic."
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