Bucs fall at No. 17 Tennessee

Published 11:09 pm Monday, November 15, 2021

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KNOXVILLE – ETSU’s Jordan King (Albany, N.Y.) scored a team-high 20 points, but Tennessee closed the first half on a 20-3 run and the 17th-ranked Vols defeated the Buccaneers 94-62 on Sunday afternoon inside Thompson-Boling Arena.
King, who went 8-of-15 from the field and 4-for-9 from beyond the arc, was one of three ETSU players to score in double figures as he posted his fourth career game with at least 20 points.
David Sloan (Louisville, Ky.) added 12 points and Ledarrius Brewer (Meridian, Miss.) netted 11. With his two three-pointers, Brewer has made at least two triples in 51 career games.
For the game, the Bucs shot 34 percent from the field (19-56) and knocked down 10 threes for the second straight game, while Tennessee hit 46 percent from the field (34-74) and also made 10 three-pointers. The Blue and Gold were out-rebounded by 26, 51-25, giving the Vols the upper-hand in second-chance points, 20-5.
The Bucs held their own with Tennessee for the first 10 minutes, but with the Blue and Gold only down six, ETSU hit a cold stretch and the Vols ended the half on their run to take a 46-23 lead into halftime.
Ledarrius Brewer opened the game by hitting the first shot with a three-pointer from the top of the key, while his second three of the contest came four minutes later, pulling ETSU within two at 13-11.
The Vols then used a 13-2 run to go up by 13, but the Bucs battled and made it 26-20 when King hit his first three as a Buccaneer at the 9:39 mark.
Unfortunately, that was the last ETSU field goal of the half as the Bucs were held to three free throws and Tennessee took the 23-point lead into the break.
Tennessee scored the first six points to start the second half and ETSU could never dig out of the deep hole.
After shooting 24 percent in the first half, the Bucs upped the clip to 44 percent in the second half, while also making six three-pointers in the final stanza. King scored 15 of his 20 points in the final 20 minutes.
Like the Bucs, Tennessee had three players score in double figures with Olivier Nkamhoua finishing with a game-high 23 points and eight rebounds.
Kennedy Chandler added 16 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Justin Powell totaled 11 points.
ETSU dropped its first two games to start the season and now heads back to Johnson City to gear up for its home opener on Thursday night against USC Upstate.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall. Tennessee improved to 2-0 and has now won 17 of the 19 games in the series.
For more information on ETSU men’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s basketball tab.

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