With the win, ETSU (10-9, 4-2) moves to within one game of the Dolphins in the race for the A-Sun regular season championship.
"Obviously, that's a huge win for us," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team concludes a tough three game road swing at 2-1. "We had a lot of guys step up and make plays, especially in the last three or four minutes. Now we have to regroup and prepare for Sunday's game at home."
ETSU held a five point lead at 70-65 with 4:17 left, but the Dolphins used a 4-0 run to make it 70-69 with 3:16 remaining. But from there, the Bucs went on a 7-0 offensive run powered by a lay up from senior forward Andrew Reed (Port Richey, Fla.), a 3-pointer from junior guard Courtney Pigram (Memphis) and a pair of free throws from junior guard Jocolby Davis (Meridian, Miss.) to build a 77-69 with just 1:09 left in the game.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with the Bucs enjoying the largest lead for either team at 31-25 with 3:39 left before the halftime break.
Five Buc players reached double figures, led by a team high 22 from Pigram. Meanwhile, senior forward Kenyona Swader (
The Bucs committed just nine turnovers in the game and shot 83 percent from the foul line, including a critical 15-of-15 in the second half. While
ETSU will return to league action next Friday night against Mercer. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. to accommodate CSS, which will broadcast the game on cable network's throughout the Southeast. Fans unable to get the CSS broadcast are reminded that the game will also air on the Internet at ASun.TV.