The Buccaneer faithful were able to witness their first win on the road in 2016 as ETSU beat SEC foe Mississippi State at “The Hump” in Starksville, MS on Wednesday night. The Buc’s came into the game needing a resume building road win, and they got what they needed. Quite frankly, ETSU looked like the better team all game. They led by as much as 10 and never trailed throughout. ETSU has played Miss. St. in the past, and came into the game leading the all-time series 2-1. They were able to add to that series lead via a buzzer beating put-back by Hanner Mosquera-Perea with barely a second left on the clock. Desonta Bradford stepped up big time, hitting multiple shots in the lane, beyond the arc, and sinking 2 critical free throws down the stretch to pull of the dub. Even though TJ Cromer is the leading scorer, Bradford can easily take over as the go-to guy when needed.
As far as stats go, Bradford led the way with 15pts, 4reb, and 2ast. TJ Cromer had 14pts on 6-14 shooting. There are many other contributors to mention as this team is DEEP. However, some of note are Devontavius Payne who had 9 pts and David Burrell with 8. Both players came in with ferocity and hit 3 big threes between them. For Mississippi State, the Buc’s were able to stifle the Bulldogs leading scorer in Quinndary Weatherspoon who finished with 13pts on 3-9 shooting. The Bulldogs leading scorer was F Aric Holman, who finished with 17pts, 6reb, and 4blks.
When you play on the road against a good team it’s all about managing the storm, and the Buc’s did that tonight. Something we never saw last game against Dayton, or UNC Wilmington. Tonight was a huge team building win for our Bucs. Our players proved to themselves they can play on the road and manage a comeback effort by the home team.
ETSU takes on Morehead St. at their place on Saturday Dec. 17th. While Morehead St. is always a respectable mid-major, they have struggled this year amid complications with their previous coach.
More analysis to come
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