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First half offensive blitz lifts Bucs over Campbell, 110-96
Saturday, January 07, 2006
With the win ETSU (5-6 overall, 2-2 A-Sun) improved its current win streak to four games and also snapped a nearly year-long, 10-game road losing streak that dated back to a win over Western Carolina back on Jan. 10, 2005. Meanwhile,
"I'm glad that's over," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, who watched his team's 27-point halftime lead dwindle to as little as seven points in the second half before pulling away. "We needed to just get a win on the road. Robbie (Laing,
"I think that first half may have been the best we've played since I've been at ETSU. Tim (Smith) was vintage Timmy, (Brad) Nuckles had an unbelievable game, and having five players in double figures is great. It just feels good to win on the road again."
Senior guard Tim Smith (
Along with Smith and Nuckles, freshman Courtney Pigram (
The first half was impressive for the Bucs. After falling behind 3-0, ETSU went on an 11-0 run to take an eight-point advantage. From there, the Bucs led by as many as 19, but after a Campbell 3-pointer with 6:21 left made it 42-26, the Bucs went on another 17-3 spurt to make it a 30-point lead at 59-29. At the break, the Bucs had enjoyed their best offensive half of the season and the most points scored in a half by an opponent in
In the second half,
ETSU ended the game shooting 52 percent from the floor (41-of-79), 41 percent from 3-point range (9-of-22) and a strong 76 percent from the foul line (19-of-25).
The Bucs will continue their three-game road trip Monday night at Gardner-Webb with tip set for 7 p.m. Meanwhile,
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