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Bucs lose heartbreaker 78-72 in overtime at Kennesaw State
Thursday, January 12, 2006
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 12, 2006) -- Senior guard Tim Smith (Newport News, Va.) made the game-tying free throw but missed two attempts at the game winner in regulation, as the Kennesaw State Owls overcame a five-point deficit in the overtime period and dropped the Bucs 78-72 Thursday night at the KSU Convocation Center.
Smith, who became the Bucs' No. 2 all-time leading scorer, scored 29 points in all, but was unable to connect on the critical free throw after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with .4 seconds left in the game. Smith now stands at 1,990 points for his career, overtaking former Buc great Keith "Mister" Jennings (1987-91), who scored 1,988 points in his career.
ETSU (6-7, 3-3) jumped out to an early 12-point lead as Smith scored 10 of the Bucs first 16 points, pacing them to a 16-4 advantage. The Owls (7-8, 5-1) weathered the onslaught however, and slowly chipped away at the lead over the next 13 minutes to pull within two at the half at 33-31.
In the overtime period, the Bucs jumped out to a 72-67 lead with 3:30 remaining, but Golden Ingle scored seven of his team-high 24 points during an 11-0 Owl run to close out the game and lift Kennesaw State to the six-point victory.
Smith finished with a game-high 29 points, and junior Brad Nuckles (Council,
The Bucs return home Saturday to face-off with