Monday, January 14, 2002Greensboro, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2001)- ETSU sophomore forward Jerald Fields had a career-game with 20 points and 12 rebounds, but it was not enough to defeat UNC Greensboro, who came away with a 104-92 victory over the Bucs, Monday night from Fleming Gym in Greensboro, N.C. UNCG set a school record for points in a game in a 104-92 victory over East Tennessee State on Monday night in Fleming Gymnasium. James Maye scored a career-high 35 points in the victory, just one off the school record. Maye bested his previous career-high of 26 points, set just two nights ago against Georgia Southern. He connected on 12-of-19 from the floor and 6-of-10 from behind the 3-point line. Maye's 12 field goals tied the school record set by Brian Brunson against Radford on January 24, 1996. UNCG (10-5, 4-1 SoCon) jumped out to an early lead in the game and led by as many 17, 37-20, at the 6:14 mark in the first half. East Tennessee State (9-7, 2-3 SoCon) rallied to cut the lead to single digits before David Schuck scored the last six points of the half to give the Spartans a 47-34 lead at the intermission. The Spartans wasted no time in the second half in extending their lead. Maye hit a pair of free throws to give the Spartans a 21-point lead, 57-36, at 17:50. The Spartans lead stayed in double-digits until Zakee Wadood (Lonoke, Ark.) hit a layup nearly ten minutes later to make the score 76-68. The Bucs got as close as six when Jerald Fields hit a pair of free throws to cut the Spartans lead to 76-70 with just 6:32 remaining in regulation. A quick five points from Maye in a 17-second span extended the UNCG lead back to double figures. Just as the Spartans lead looked safe, ETSU went on a 7-2 run to make the score 91-86, at 1:37. That was as close as the Bucs would get. Schuck hit a pair of free throws, followed by a pair from Jay Joseph, and another pair from Maye. Ronnie Taylor jammed home a fast break dunk from the right side with just 24 seconds remaining to put the Spartans at the century mark, 100-88. The 104 points in the game is a school record, eclipsing the previous mark of 98 set against Charleston Southern on February 25, 1995. The 104 points is also the first time the Spartans have bested the century mark since becoming a member of Division I prior to the 1991-92 season. Schuck was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line, just one off the school record of 13-of-13 set twice by Yusuf Stewart. Schuck also set a career-high with his 22 points. Courtney Eldridge nabbed his second career double-double with 11 points and 12 assists. Eldridge's 12 assists matches his career-high, which is also a school-record. Fields set career-highs with his 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and 36 minutes. In addition to the records of Maye, Schuck and Eldridge, Joseph also scored 17 points, while hitting three 3-pointers and going a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. The Bucs return to action with a Southern Conference matchup against Davidson, Saturday night at 7 p.m. from Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C.
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