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ETSU romps past Southern Wesleyan in exhibition opener

staff reports • Updated Nov 3, 2018 at 12:03 AM

East Tennessee State scored the first 13 points of the game and romped to an 85-38 exhibition win over Southern Wesleyan in the men’s basketball season opener Friday night at Freedom Hall.

Sophomore forward Mladen Armus led the way with 12 points and 21 rebounds, while Kevon Tucker tallied a game-high 17 points and five assists.

It was on the defensive end where the Bucs were most dominant, holding the Warriors to just 2-of-30 shooting (6.7 percent) in the first half in racing out to a 47-15 halftime lead. For the game, ETSU held them to 15 percent shooting, and the Bucs had 20 assists to just 12 turnovers.

“I thought we did a good job of sharing the basketball on offense, and we cut down on our defensive mistakes from our scrimmage against Austin-Peay last week,” ETSU coach Steve Forbes said. “I thought Mladen did an incredible job of rebounding the basketball. I didn’t think we shot the ball real well, especially because we got a lot of open looks. But overall, everyone got to play and we got a good look at what we have.”

Jeromy Rodriguez went 7-of-10 from the floor and finished with 16 points, while Tray Boyd III ended with 13 points. Former David Crockett High School standout Patrick Good had eight points in his debut in an ETSU uniform.

ETSU out-rebounded Southern Wesleyan by an overwhelming 60-27 margin. Jalen Lowery was the Warriors’ leading scorer with 10 points, as a crowd of 3,391 were on hand for the exhibition.

The Bucs will open the regular season in Atlanta at Georgia State on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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