JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 1, 2005) - Down eight points with just 42 seconds remaining, Belmont took advantage of a pair of ill-advised ETSU fouls and 3-pointers from Josh Goodwin and Justin Hare to force overtime and eventually garner an 88-85 win over the Bucs in an Atlantic Sun Conference battle Thursday night at Memorial Center.
Goodwin would finish with a school record and matched the A-Sun mark with 11 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 39 points. In all, the Bruins would fire 45 3-point attempts, an ETSU record for opponent attempts from beyond the arc.
"You've got to give credit to
"This is a 20-game league (schedule) and we can't feel bad too long about this one. We've got to prepare for Saturday's game with Lipscomb."
The Bruins (1-0 A-Sun, 3-1overall) did not lead in regulation, trailing from the outset and falling behind by as many as 13 points before the intermission. In the second half, the Bucs (0-1 A-Sun, 1-3 overall) held a 63-54 edge with left when
From there, the Bucs got a pair of foul shots from both senior guard Ben Rhoda (Dayton, Ohio) and junior forward Brad Nuckles (Council, Va.) to make it a seven-point game at 75-68. Following a 1-of-2 trip to the line for Hare, ETSU senior guard Tim Smith (
In the final 37 seconds,
In overtime, three points from Boomer Herndon, a 3-pointer from Andy Wicke and a field goal from Hare accounted for the Bruin scores. The Bucs trailed by three and had four shots to tie the game in the final 20 seconds, but could not make a basket.
For the game, Goodwin enjoyed a career night with 39 points, while Herndon and Hare joined him in double figures with 10 and 13 points, respectively. For the Bucs, Smith finished with a team-high 21 points, while senior forward Dillion Sneed (
The Bucs shot just 39 percent from the floor for the game, but hit on 73 percent from the foul line.
ETSU will return to A-Sun action Saturday against Lipscomb at , while