The game saw four ties and six lead changes before a Strong 3-pointer with just under a minute left gave the Bucs a 70-67 lead that they never relinquished. With the win, ETSU improves to 2-0 in A-Sun play, and moves to 8-7 overall on the year. Meanwhile, the Camels drop to 1-2 in league play and 5-9 overall.
"Some games are tougher than others, but it's a good win," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team improved to 6-0 inside
ETSU, which did not lead in the game until the 6:24 mark of the second half when a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) made it 60-58, actually pulled its starting five players in the opening seconds after halftime and completely emptied its bench. With a lineup comprised of two freshmen, a sophomore and two junior college transfers, the Bucs kept in the game and gave their starters a chance to regroup and reenergize.
The strategy worked, as the Bucs used an 18-7 run to take a 51-40 deficit and tie the game at 58-58 with remaining. From there, the back and forth battle ultimately ended with Strong scoring the final seven points of the game on a 3-pointer and four straight free throws to ice the game.
"It's always good to see Travis play big like that," Bartow said. "He's a fifth year guy and a great kid. To see him play that way is great."
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For the game, the Bucs got a team high 23 points from Pigram, while Strong added 16 and Smith pitched in 10. ETSU out-rebounded
The Bucs will continue A-Sun action on Saturday, facing off with Gardner-Webb at The game is part of a women's/men's doubleheader as the Lady Bucs also face the Runnin' Bulldogs at . Meanwhile, the Camels will head to USC Upstate for a matchup with the Spartans in