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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2011) – A relentless full-court defense and solid shooting from beyond the 3-point line helped power the ETSU men’s basketball team to a decisive 87-59 win over Carson-Newman in exhibition basketball action Saturday afternoon inside the ETSU-MSHA Athletic Center.
The Buccaneers were forced to play their final preseason game shorthanded, as senior guard Adam Sollazzo (Tampa), junior guard Marcus Dubose (Hartsville, S.C.) and junior forward Lukas Poderis (Port Richey, Fla.) all sat out with injuries. However, ETSU made up for those absences by forcing 24 turnovers and getting double-figure scoring from four other players.
Senior post Isiah Brown (Miami, Fla.) finished with a double-double thanks to his 19-point, 12-rebound effort, while junior guard Jarvis Jones (Memphis) also posted a 19-point game. In addition, junior guard Sheldon Cooley (Tampa) netted 17 points and dished out seven assists, while freshman guard Rashawn Rembert (Tampa) scored 14 points in his ETSU debut.
“I thought out black press and overall defensive effort was very good tonight,” said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow. “We rebounded better and we shot the ball well from outside. We have a lot of questions coming into the year about how we are going to replace the scoring we lost from last year. I think tonight getting Jarvis, Rashawn, Sheldon and Isiah scoring like that was good. Building confidence is a big plus for those guys.”
For the game, the Bucs out-rebounded the Eagles 44-27 and enjoyed a 20-7 advantage on points off turnovers. In addition, ETSU shot 41 percent from 3-point range, while holding C-N to just 38 percent from the floor and 25 percent from beyond the arc.
In the first half, the Bucs poured on the defensive pressure while also hitting from beyond the 3-point arc, roaring out to a quick 19-3 advantage in the opening minutes and ultimately building a sizeable 49-21 lead at the break.
ETSU forced 14 turnovers and grabbed six steals in the first 20 minutes, while also shooting 43 percent (9-of-21) from 3-point range and 83 percent (10-of-12) from the charity stripe.
Jones and Cooley both netted 13 points apiece before the break, hitting on a strong 6-of-11 shots from 3-point range.
After the break, the Bucs kept up the pressure on and never let the Eagles cut into their halftime advantage.
Carson-Newman was led by Antoine Davis with a game-high 20 points, while Jared Johnson and Kennedy Eubanks scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Bucs will return to action next Saturday at 2 p.m., when they open their 2011-12 regular season slate with a trip to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia Tech.
For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2011-12 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.