NASHVILLE (Jan. 17, 2008) - Junior forward Kevin Tiggs (Flint, Mich.) set a Curb Event Center record with 30 points and the ETSU men's basketball team shot an impressive 61 percent from the floor, but once again it was the Belmont Bruins that still found a way to beat the Buccaneers 86-83 in Atlantic Sun Conference play Thursday night.
The Buccaneers (8-9 overall, 2-2 A-Sun) were done in by 12 3-pointers by the Bruins - eight of which came in the second half. In addition,
"Nobody hates losing more than I do, but I was encouraged with our effort," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team is now 1-5 against the Bruins since joining the A-Sun in 2005-06. "Our guys looked like a team tonight, which is something we didn't do against Gardner-Webb. We did a lot of good things, but not enough to win."
The Bucs fell behind 2-0 but from there never trailed again until 12 minutes left in the game when
However, ETSU rallied again, and when Buc sophomore guard Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) was fouled on a defensive rebound with 13 seconds left, he converted the two free throws to make it 84-83.
In the first half, the Buccaneers shot a blistering 63 percent from the floor and got 12 points each from posts Andrew Reed (Port Richey, Fla.) and Tiggs, building a lead of as many as 11 points at 38-27 with just over three minutes left in the half. However, despite hitting on just 38 percent of its shots before the intermission, the Bruins went 7-of-10 from the foul line compared to just 1-of-2 for the Bucs. It was that disparity that allowed
For the game, Tiggs led all scorers, while Reed and Pigram netted 17 and 15 points, respectively. For
The Bruins finished 12-of-30 from 3-point range for a 40 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc, while the Bucs were 18-of-21 from the foul line for an 86 percent clip. The Bucs committed just 15 turnovers, while the Bruins also valued the ball with just 13 turnovers themselves.
ETSU will continue on a three-game road trip Saturday when they move just one mile up the road to take on A-Sun rival Lipscomb at 5:15 p.m. (EST). For more on ETSU men's basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com.