Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be writing a short series of blog posts on top the 10 moments in ETSU basketball history over the last 30 years. Inspired by a post on the ETSU fans forum I thought it would be fun to make my own list here on ETSU Hoops. Rather than doing a list of the complete history of East Tennessee State basketball I decided to go with just the last 30 years since that’s about how long I’ve been following ETSU basketball. I’ll be start at #10 and count down from there. Feel free to comment below and tell us your favorite moments in ETSU basketball history.
For #10 I decided to go with the 2009 A-Sun Championship. 2009 was the fourth season in the A-Sun for ETSU and the previous 3 season had not ended with an A-Sun championship and I believe that was both a surprise and disappointment for many ETSU basketball fans, especially with how the previous two seasons ended. In 2008 an awful technical foul call against ETSU’s Kenyona Swader in the semi-finals against Belmont ended the Bucs season and in 2007 the Bucs had won the regular season title and had Belmont in the dome for the A-Sun title but lost by 27 points after a barrage of 3-points from Belmont.
So for the reasons above I believe it made the 2009 A-Sun Championship extra special. It was also Courntey Pigram’s and Kevin Tiggs senior season and for Pigram it was his fourth year with the Bucs and we all know how badly he wanted the championship for him and the rest of his team. The Bucs did not disappoint as they won by an average of 15 points in 3 games of the A-Sun tournament, including 85-68 win against Jacksonville in the championship.
After winning their first of two A-Sun titles, the Bucs went on to face #1 seeded Pittsburgh in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Bucs held their own and gave Pittsburgh all they could handle, including briefly leading at one point during the 2nd half, before eventually falling to Pitt by the score of 72-62.
I’ll end with some highlights from the 2009 season and from the NCAA tournament game against Pittsburgh. Keep checking back this week as I’ll continue to count down the top 10 moments in ETSU basketball history.
Highlights from Kevin Tiggs and the Big 3 in 2009
Highlights from the 2009 NCAA tournament game against Pitt