NASHVILLE (March 7, 2008) - What may be one of the most controversial foul calls in Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament history highlighted a nightmarish final seven minutes for the ETSU men's basketball team, as the Buccaneers watched a 10-point advantage vanish in the final minutes Friday night of a 69-65 loss to rival Belmont inside the Allen Arena.
Leading 63-53 with 6:22 remaining in the game,
The end result was
"This is the most disappointing loss I've had as a head coach," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, who made no comment to the media about the technical call. "We just couldn't make shots the last seven minutes."
The foul call tarnished what was otherwise a great game for Swader, who finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds to post his fourth career double-double. As a team, the Bucs had also managed to stall the
An offensive frenzy highlighted the first half, as both teams lit up the nets and the lead was passed back-and-forth throughout the 20 minutes.
Ultimately, the Bucs powered to a nine-point edge thanks to a 13-2 run powered by nine straight points from sophomore guard Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) that made it 44-35 with just over a minute left in the half. However, a runner by Alex Renfroe and a 3-pointer by Matthew Dotson at the buzzer made it 44-40 at the break. The Bucs shot 50 percent from the floor and 44 percent from behind the arc, while the Bruins cooled down from a hot start to finish at 36 percent from the floor.
In the second half, the Bucs looked in control with their 10-point lead, but ultimately scored just 21 points in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Along with Swader, junior guard Courtney Pigram (
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