Smith makes history as ETSU takes revenge with 110-74 win over Owls
Freshman Courtney Pigram matched his career high with 21 points.
Freshman Courtney Pigram matched his career high with 21 points.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 25, 2006) - Senior guard Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) collected the first triple-double in ETSU's recorded basketball history, netting 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists as the Buccaneers dropped Kennesaw State 110-74 Wednesday night in Atlantic Sun Conference basketball action at Memorial Center.

 

With the win, ETSU avenges an earlier loss to the Owls and moves to within one game of the A-Sun lead, improving to 11-7 overall, 8-3 in conference play. Meanwhile, the Owls drop to 11-9, 9-2.

 

"It's a good win and the guys played very well," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "I'm proud of Timmy making history tonight and we were all glad to see him get that triple-double. It was really an all-around effort from everyone. We rebounded better this time than the first game we played with (Kennesaw State), and we shot the ball for a good percentage. There are a lot of good numbers on the stat sheet."

 

In a game peppered with physical altercations, seven technical fouls, an ejection each for both teams, and plenty of fast-paced action, the Bucs scored the first seven points of the game before the Owls rallied to take their largest lead of the contest at 19-15 with just over 13 minutes left in the half. From there, however, ETSU went on an 18-2 run to lead by 13 at 35-22 with seven minutes remaining before the break.

 

After cutting that lead to eight at 42-34 with 2:35 left, KSU watched the Bucs tack on a 10-point blitz right before the half to finish with a 52-34 halftime advantage.

 

In the second half, the most significant plays came around the 11-minute mark. The first play was at the 11:06 mark when ETSU's senior guard Ben Rhoda (Dayton, Ohio) and KSU's Israel Ingle were involved in a scuffle that resulted in double technical fouls. Just six seconds later, Rhoda and KSU's Ronnell Wooten were involved in another shoving match that also resulted in technicals and the two players were ejected. Both players will now serve at least one-game suspensions due to the altercation, with the conference office waiting to review the officials' report to determine if further disciplinary action is warranted.

 

Wooten and Rhoda left the game with the Bucs leading 73-51 and from there the Bucs only built on the lead to take the 36-point victory. In all, the Bucs shot 58 percent from the floor, out-rebounded the Owls 45-25, forced 19 turnovers, and grabbed 11 steals.

 

Smith's historic effort aside, the Bucs got career highs from sophomore Andrew Reed (Port Richey, Fla.) for field goals (8), points (16) and blocks (2), while freshman guard Courtney Pigram (Memphis) set career marks for free throws (7), rebounds (5), points (21) and steals (4). Along with Smith, Reed and Pigram, senior forward Dillion Sneed (Chicago) scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while junior guard Travis Strong (Memphis) pitched in 10 points.

 

Kennesaw State was led by guard Golden Ingle with 24 points, while Wooten added 15 and Brent Ragsdale pitched in 10.

 

The Bucs will return to action Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host Stetson inside Memorial Center. The first 1,800 fans will receive a free Tim Smith Mini-Bobblehead Doll. Meanwhile, Kennesaw State returns home to face Mercer at 7 p.m.

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