Bucs rally past Georgia Southern as Rodriguez has 17 rebounds

Joe Avento • Updated Nov 27, 2018 at 10:52 PM

Georgia Southern is undefeated no more, thanks to East Tennessee State.

Patrick Good hit two crucial 3-pointers down the stretch and Jeromy Rodriguez pulled down 17 rebounds Tuesday night as ETSU beat the Eagles 69-64 in a nonconference basketball game at Hanners Arena.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Bucs, who improved to 6-2. Georgia Southern, ranked 17th in the latest Mid-Major poll and averaging 97 points a game, fell to 5-1.

The back-and-forth game had 12 ties and 13 lead changes. Neither team led by more than seven points.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to win,” ETSU coach Steve Forbes said. “That’s the most encouraging part of it. I thought we were the tougher team. We ended up with a really nice road win.”

The final lead change came when Tray Boyd III, who led ETSU with 17 points, made a 3-pointer with 4:37 left. That put the Bucs up 61-59 and they never gave up the lead.

Good finished with 13 points, making 4 of 8 from 3-point range. His two 3-pointers in the final 2:37 both put the Bucs up by five points. The second one was a dagger with 38 seconds left that provided the final points of the night.

Isaiah Tisdale added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Bucs.

Rodriguez, who came into the game ranked fifth nationally in rebounding, scored nine points to go along with his 17 boards. Fifteen of them came in the second half.

ETSU outrebounded the Eagles 46-34, which helped the Bucs overcome 21 turnovers.

“I don’t know how we won with 21 turnovers,” Forbes said. “They average 97 points a game and I knew those would all be baskets.”

Georgia Southern’s leading scorer Quan Jackson had missed the last two games with an ankle injury and wasn’t on the Eagles’ list of probable starters. But start he did and the 6-foot-4 sophomore guard played 28 minutes and scored 13 points. Tookie Brown led Georgia Southern with 16 points.

Georgia Southern scored the first seven points. After Forbes called a timeout, his team scored the next 10.

ETSU’s Bo Hodges missed his fifth consecutive game with a groin injury.

ETSU opens Southern Conference play Saturday at Wofford. Tipoff in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is set for 7:30 p.m. The Bucs return home Monday night for a nonconference game against Reinhardt.

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