|November 17, 2022||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LR||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.468 (29-62)||.518 (29-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.375 (9-24)||.263 (5-19)|
|FT Percentage||.692 (9-13)||.500 (21-42)|
Strothers - 5
Tipler - 3
Taylor - 3
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2022) – After shaking off some rust early on, the ETSU men’s basketball team closed the first half strong – and despite never relinquishing a double-double digit lead in the second half – the Buccaneer outlasted Little Rock 84-76 on Thursday night inside Freedom Hall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
After surviving the quick Little Rock surge where the Trojans jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the opening six minutes, ETSU regrouped and mounted a run of its own to take control of the game.
In just under a three-minute stretch, the Blue and Gold scored 14 unanswered points – starting with a Tipler three and ending with one from King – giving ETSU a 22-18 lead with 11:03 remaining in the stanza. From there, the lead changed hands six different times, but another Buccaneer blitzkrieg gave the Blue and Gold momentum.
If a 14-0 run earlier wasn’t enough, ETSU upped it by one as they scored 15 straight points to go ahead 42-29 following a steal by Taylor and another Tipler triple with 1:23 left in intermission. The Bucs carried a 42-35 lead into the break.
The Bucs held what looked to have been a comfortable 15-pont lead (60-45) near the midway point of the second half, but Little Rock didn’t back down.
ETSU led 76-66 after a pair of free throws by Jalen Haynes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) with 4:37 showing on the clock, but in a game that felt like a Southern Conference match, the Trojans kept fighting back. The visitors from Arkansas eventually pulled to within four, 80-76, but the Blue and Gold were destined to send the Buccaneer faithful home with a win. King and Tipler sank the final four free throws, putting the game on ice and ETSU walked away with the eight-point non-conference win.
The Bucs stay in state as they travel to Cookeville to take on Tennessee Tech Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.
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