JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 10, 2005) - With senior guard Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) sitting out a one-game suspension for violation of team rules, five ETSU players picked up the slack by scoring in double figures and leading the Buccaneers to a 99-71 win over Mars Hill Thursday night in exhibition basketball action at Memorial Center.
Freshman guard Courtney Pigram (
"I think we've got some good offensive firepower and that showed out there tonight," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. "We still have some work to do defensively, but overall I saw a lot of encouraging things."
With freshman guard Tayloe Taylor (
In the second half, ETSU stayed hot on the offensive end of the floor, outscoring Mars Hill 53-37 for the final 99-71 advantage.
Along with Pigram, Thomas and Sneed, senior guard Ben Rhoda (
The Lions were led offensively by Walt Baxley with 14 points, while Mark Hamilton collected a double-double with 15 rebounds and 10 points.
ETSU will return to action in their regular season opener Friday evening, Nov. 18 at