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|December 31, 2022||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||VMI|
|FG Percentage||.463 (25-54)||.333 (20-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (4-16)||.194 (6-31)|
|FT Percentage||.476 (10-21)||.500 (4-8)|
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LEXINGTON, Va. (Dec. 31, 2022) – ETSU men’s basketball closed out 2022 with a bang!
Five Buccaneers scored at least eight points with Jalen Haynes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) finishing with a game-high 15 points as ETSU secured a 64-50 win at VMI on Saturday inside Cameron Hall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Bucs trailed by three in the opening two minutes, but after that it was all Blue and Gold, as ETSU led by eight at the half, 33-25.
After falling behind 5-2 early on, ETSU scored six straight points to take its first lead of the night as King fed Seymour for a fast-break dunk, making it 8-5 at the 14:27 mark.
Even with the Keydets pulling even at 14-14, ETSU never trailed for the remainder of contest. The Bucs used a 7-0 surge to take their largest lead of the stanza, 32-22, thanks to King connecting on a triple and then a jumper, putting the Blue and Gold up by 10 with less than a minute to go in the frame.
King led all scorers with 10 points at the break, while ETSU limited VMI to 3-of-17 shooting from beyond the arc. The Bucs were plus-10 on the glass, 22-12, and turned seven offensive rebounds into 12 second-chance points.
ETSU scored the first four points of the second half en route to pushing its advantage to 12, but VMI cut the deficit in half when Conway’s three-pointer made it 43-37 with 12:16 remaining in the contest.
The Bucs answered with a 9-0 run to see their lead soar to 15, while Allen Strothers (Newport News, Va.) later put ETSU ahead by 17 when his jumper made it 56-39 with 5:18 showing on the clock.
ETSU’s lead never dipped below double figures for the remainder of the contest and the Bucs made the trip back to Johnson City unbeaten in league play.
ETSU gears up for its SoCon home opener when the Bucs host Western Carolina Wednesday night at 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball page.