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Total team effort lifts Bucs to a big win over SEC foe Georgia in the Rainbow Classic
Friday, December 21, 2007
The victory snapped a two-game skid and the Bucs improved to 5-5 overall; while the Bulldogs fell to 6-2. The win over
"We needed a breakthrough win and we finally got one tonight," said head ETSU men's basketball coach Murry Bartow, whose team allowed its second lowest scoring total this season. "There were a lot of encouraging things that I saw out there from our guys. To beat a team like
The Buccaneers saw three score in double figures with junior guard Courtney Pigram (
Joining the trio above was the stellar play of sophomore Blake Mishler (
"Our guys performed well and it was a really good team effort," added Bartow. "We played very scrappy and forced a lot of turnovers."
In the first half, ETSU began the first eight minutes hitting only two of its first 14 shots, which gave Georgia the opportunity to gain an early 11-5 lead. The Bulldogs jumped out to the lead due to its perimeter shooting, as
ETSU was a totally different team after the first eight minutes, as they hit 13 of its last 18 shots before halftime. The Buccaneers gained their largest lead of the half as Reed brought the Buccaneer faithful to their feet when his monster slam gave ETSU a 32-21 advantage at the 1:48 mark. The run was fueled by a total team effort as seven different Buccaneer players scored during the stretch.
As a club, the Bucs shot 46.9-percent (15-32) from the field during the first stanza; while the Bulldogs were limited to a 33.3-percent clip (8-24). ETSU's tenacious defense caused havoc for
The Buccaneers stormed out after the break posting a 12-4 run and extended their lead to 17, 44-27, with 15:42 left in the game. ETSU's lead would reach 20 (49-29), when Pigram nailed a three from the corner at the 14:30 mark.
For the game, ETSU finished 27-for-57 from the field (47.4 percent), compared to only 20-of-58 (34.5 percent) by
ETSU now advances to the championship side of the bracket and will take on a difficult Saint Mary's team Friday at 10 p.m. EST.
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