Pigram finished with a game-high 23 points, while junior forward Andrew Reed (Port Richey, Fla.) posted 19 points and senior forward Brad Nuckles (Council, Va.) picked up his 16th career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. With the win, ETSU improves to 20-8 overall, 14-2 in A-Sun action, and holds a two-game lead over second place Belmont with two games left in the regular season. Meanwhile, KSU drops to 11-18, 7-9 with the loss.
"It's great to get a share of the title, but there's still a lot of work left to do this season," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, who has led the Bucs to two regular season league titles during his four years in Johnson City. "You can't say enough about Courtney Pigram's effort tonight, but we also got great play from Andrew Reed and Brad Nuckles. To come in here and win is tough.
Trailing 39-29 at the half, ETSU cut the lead to three at 41-38 on a Nuckles lay up with 17:18 remaining in the game, but
With the lead still 69-66 with 1:35 left, ETSU came out of a full timeout and Mike Smith (
In the first half, too many turnovers and the Owls' shooting effort from beyond the 3-point arc hurt the ETSU cause, leading to a 39-29 deficit for the Bucs at the intermission. In all,
The Bucs finished the game with a 48 percent shooting percentage (29-of-60) and held KSU to just 39 percent. In the paint, ETSU out-rebounded the Owls 45-34.
ETSU will return home with two games to wrap up the outright A-Sun championship. The first opportunity will come on Thursday night at 7 p.m. against Stetson, a game that will air regionally on CSS. Fans unable to attend or watch the game can access the live video stream at ETSUBucs.com.