JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Five players scored in double figures and two posted double-double efforts, as the ETSU men's basketball team routed Hiwassee College 109-44 in its home opener Thursday night inside Freedom Hall.
As a team, the Buccaneers shot an impressive 61 percent from the floor in the contest and out-rebounded the Tigers an eye-popping 56-22 on the night. In addition, the Bucs forced 19 turnovers and collected 10 steals, while dishing out 20 assists in a stat sheet-filling performance.
With the win, ETSU improved to 1-1 on the season and will now hit the road for a challenging matchup with Big East Conference foe Creighton at 1:30 on Sunday.
Junior forward Jeromy Rodriguez and sophomore post Mladen Armus both collected double-doubles. Armus finished with a game high 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Rodriguez finished with both 10 points and 10 rebounds. In addition, junior guard Tray Boyd III collected 13 points, sophomore guard Bo Hodges netted 12, and freshman guard Daivien Williamson pitched in 11 points and a game-high five assists. Junior post Octavion Corley also had 10 rebounds on the night.
The Bucs wasted little time taking control in this matchup. With the score 14-8 five minutes into the game, ETSU went on a 23-1 run that ended any Hiwassee hopes of an unlikely upset. By the half, the Bucs had shot 64 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Tigers 25-10 to take a 58-19 lead by the intermission.
After the break, the Bucs continued to pull away from Hiwassee, outscoring them 38-16 over the first 13 minutes of game play in the second half and leading 96-35 with 6:35 left on the clock. From there, the result was academic.
As a team, the Bucs shot 50 percent from 3-point range, going 7-of-14 from beyond the arc. ETSU also outscored Hiwassee 70-28 in the paint, 31-4 off turnovers, 22-6 on second chance points, 16-4 on fast breaks, and 65-24 in bench points.
For Hiwassee, Jamal Weaver was the lone player to reach double figures with 10 points.