ETSU men fall to Radford, 95-85
Senior Dillion Sneed led the Bucs with 24 points against Radford
Senior Dillion Sneed led the Bucs with 24 points against Radford

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

RADFORD, Va. - Three Radford players recorded double-doubles, paced by sophomore Dan Ross' (Baltimore, Md.) career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead Radford to a 95-85 home-opening win over East Tennessee State Tuesday night at the Dedmon Center. Radford (3-1) has now won three straight.

Senior Whit Holcomb-Faye (
Winston-Salem, N.C.) tallied 21 points and 13 assists and junior Chris Oliver (Kernersville, N.C.) scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Freshman Kenny Thomas (Richmond, Va.) scored a career-high 16 points.

The Buccaneers (0-2) jumped out to a quick start in the first half, taking a 10-point lead in the first four minutes on a free throw by junior Travis Strong (
Memphis, Tenn.). RU fought back to within five before ETSU pushed the lead out to 11 on a trey by freshman Courtney Pigram (Memphis, Tenn.). A 19-3 run by RU, highlighted by three straight three-pointers, two from Ross and one from Thomas, gave the Highlanders a 47-39 lead going into the half.

ETSU tied the game at 49 three minutes into the second half, but could never reclaim the lead, with Radford rebuilding the cushion to seven points with an 11-4 run.

 

The Bucs again rallied, tying the game at 67 on senior Tim Smith's (Newport News, Va.) three-pointer with 7:51 to play.  The Highlanders once again found the answer however, embarking on a 14-5 run, capped by Ross' three with five minutes left giving Radford an 81-72 lead.

 

The Highlanders went 10-12 from the free throw line in the final five minutes, nullifying any other potential ETSU rally.

Senior Dillion Sneed (
Chicago, Ill.) scored 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bucs while Smith chipped in 20. Strong had 15 and Pigram finished with 12. Smith and junior Brad Nuckles (Council, Va.) each had five assists for ETSU.

 

The Bucs return to action Saturday, November 26, taking on Milligan College in an exhibition contest at the Memorial Center at 4 p.m.  The regular season resumes Monday, November 28 when Marshall comes to the Memorial Center.  Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

 

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