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Strong offensive effort lifts Bucs past Kennesaw, 80-69
Thursday, January 06, 2011
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 5, 2011) - Senior guard Justin Tubbs (Trussville, Ala.) scored a game-high 21 points and junior point guard Adam Sollazzo (Tampa) continued his strong play, as the ETSU men's basketball team completed a two-game sweep on the road by dropping Atlantic Sun Conference foe Kennesaw State 80-69 Wednesday evening inside the KSU Convocation Center.
The win marked the Buccaneers fourth consecutive victory and improved their record to 8-7 overall, 3-1 in A-Sun play. Meanwhile, the Owls dropped to 3-11, 1-3.
"Getting these two wins on the road was huge for our team," said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team is now 10-1 all-time against KSU. "Winning on the road is never easy and we were able to get two on this trip. Justin and Adam continue to play really well and tonight they were very good again."
Along with Tubbs' effort, Sollazzo scored 13 points and dished out nine assists, while senior guard Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo) and Micah Williams (Manchester) netted 17 and 16 points, respectively.
The Bucs shot 52.4 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, and out-rebounded the Owls 34-28 for the game. ETSU also committed just seven turnovers.
In the first half both teams raced out of the gates offensively and combined to score 24 points in the first five minutes of play. ETSU led 14-10 with 14:26 left on the clock at that point, and increased its advantage to 28-13 thanks to a 12-0 offensive run midway through the half.
Kennesaw State managed to cut the lead to 10 at 35-25, but the Bucs closed out the half on a 5-0 run to hold a 40-25 edge at the break. In the first half, ETSU shot 51.6 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Owls 16-13, while also committing just two turnovers.
Tubbs led the way early with 16 first-half points, while Sollazzo continued his solid play with eight points and six assists before in the break.
In the second half, an emphatic dunk from Sollazzo followed by another 3-pointer from Tubbs put ETSU up 55-39 with 15 minutes left in the game. KSU rallied again to cut the lead to nine at 62-53 with just nine minutes remaining.
ETSU responded at that point with an 8-0 run to push the lead back to 70-53 with just over five minutes left on the clock. The Owls made one, last desperation run in the final minutes but was never able to get closer than 12 points.
For Kennesaw State, Spencer Dixon had 15 points to lead the way, while Cummings finished with 12. LaDaris Green and Aaron Anderson picked up 10 each.
The Bucs will now return home on Saturday to face league foe Florida Gulf Coast at 4 p.m. inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center. For more on ETSU men's basketball throughout the season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men's hoops link..