|November 27, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LMC||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.400 (28-70)||.408 (29-71)|
|3P FG Percentage||.360 (9-25)||.261 (6-23)|
|FT Percentage||.692 (9-13)||.903 (28-31)|
England - 2
Stewart - 2
Nichelson - 2
Gardner - 2
Nichelson - 1
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 27, 2021) – The Buccaneers had nine players score at least seven points, including three in double figures, as ETSU men’s basketball collected its fifth straight win by fending off a scrappy Lees-McRae club, 92-74, on Saturday afternoon inside Freedom Hall.
The Bucs, who scored 53 second-half points, used a 19-2 run to erase a five-point deficit and go ahead 62-50 with just under 11 minutes remaining. Eventually, ETSU’s lead grew to 20 as the Bucs secured their seventh straight win in the series.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Listen to postgame comments from head coach Desmond Oliver and center Silas Adheke following the Buccaneer win.
Both teams got off to sluggish starts as ETSU led 5-0 four minutes in. However, after the Bobcats pulled within two near the midway point of the half, the Bucs rattled off 10 unanswered points to go up 12, 24-12, when Weber fed Ledarrius Brewer for his lone three-pointer of the day with just under nine minutes left before intermission.
The Buccaneer lead didn’t last long as Lees-McRae responded with a 17-4 run to take its first lead of the game at 29-28, but ETSU closed the final five minutes scoring 11 of the final 15 points to take a 39-33 lead into the locker room.
Out the break ETSU pushed its lead to eight, but again, the Bobcats didn’t back down.
Over the next four minutes, Lees-McRae got hot as they mounted a 14-1 run to go ahead 48-43, at the 15:23 mark.
The Bucs were then forced to press and the moved worked as they went on their 19-2 run to take command at 62-50 with 10:57 left to play. The Bobcats were able to get back within single digits on six different possessions, but they closest they would get was eight.
With ETSU leading by nine with four and a half minutes left, the Bucs threw the final run at the visitors from Banner Elk, N.C. The Blue and Gold scored eight straight points to see their lead balloon to 17, 86-69, after Weber sank a pair of free throws with 1:38 showing on the clock. The Bucs led by as many as 20 on a lay-up by Yasser in the closing seconds and secured their fourth win in six days.
ETSU hits the road to take on preseason Conference USA favorite UAB on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. EST inside Bartow Arena.
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