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Bucs hold off Belmont rally, capture program's 1,100th win, and improve their A-Sun lead with 80-70 overtime victory
Thursday, January 25, 2007
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 25, 2007) - After watching Belmont roar back from a 15-point halftime deficit to take the lead late in the second half, the ETSU men's basketball team regrouped to force overtime and went on to outscore the Bruins 15-5 in the extra frame to take a critical Atlantic Sun Conference battle 80-70 Thursday evening inside the Curb Event Center.
The Bucs got a career night from senior forward Eryk Thomas, who picked up his second straight double-double with 16 points and a career high 19 rebounds, and senior forward Brad Nuckles (Council, Va.) picked up his fifth straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. With the win, ETSU improves to 15-7 overall, 9-1 in A-Sun play, increasing their lead in the standings to two games over
"We were fortunate there late," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team improved to 4-1 in overtime games this season and won the program's 1,100th game all-time. "It really looked like it was going to go their way, but we got out to a quick start in the overtime and usually the team that jumps out first gets the win. You can't say enough about our players. They made plays again tonight."
ETSU did not waste any time taking the lead in the first half, turning on the defensive pressure and going up 8-0 before the Bruins were able to break through with their first basket of the game at the 16:52 mark. In fact, the Bucs would hold
But in the second half,
In the extra frame, the Bucs scored the first seven points to take a 72-65 advantage.
Along with Thomas and Nuckles, the Bucs got a team-high 18 points from Pigram, while junior forward Andrew Reed (Port Richey,
The Bucs will return to action Saturday evening at 5 p.m. (EST) against Lipscomb. For fans unable to make the trip to
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