With the win and Lipscomb's victory over Belmont Friday evening, the Bucs (12-7 overall, 6-1 A-Sun) move into a tie with
"We defended hard, we rebounded hard, and we forced a lot of steals," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team has won 10 of its last 13 games. "We just didn't shoot it well so it wasn't a pretty game to watch. That makes it ugly. Now we have the quick turnaround and I can guarantee Monday's game with
Five ETSU players scored in double figures, led by a game-high 15 points and five assists from sophomore guard Courtney Pigram (
The Bucs made the first basket of the game and UNF responded to tie it at 2-2, but from there ETSU never trailed, building a lead of as many as 16 points at 32-16 before eventually holding a 37-23 advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Ospreys managed to cut the lead to 12 at 41-29, but the Bucs again pulled away and actually led by as many as 27 points at the 7:51 mark of the second half. UNF managed to get the deficit under 20 in the final minutes thanks to a 10-4 run to end the game.
UNF was led offensively by 12 points from forward James Grimball, while Chris Timberlake and Arnold Henry each scored 11. The Ospreys did shoot 44 percent from the floor, but were only 59 percent from the charity stripe and could not overcome the Bucs' full court pressure defense.
The Bucs shot just 35 percent from the floor and 26 percent from 3-point range, but were 83 percent from the foul line and had 11 steals in the game. ETSU also dished out 16 assists as a team.
ETSU will return to A-Sun action Monday night against