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No Forbes, no problem for Bucs in 47-point victory

Joe Avento • Updated Dec 3, 2018 at 10:08 PM

Jason Shay’s debut as East Tennessee State’s fill-in basketball coach went about as well as he could have hoped.

With head coach Steve Forbes at home thanks to a one-game suspension, the Bucs ran away from Reinhardt for a 107-60 non-conference victory Monday night at Freedom Hall.

“I just wanted to keep it as normal as possible for the guys,” Shay said. “It wasn’t about me. My role’s going to be back to the same tomorrow. We’ve been doing this for so long, we were just going to do what we do.”

Forbes was ejected in ETSU’s loss to Wofford on Saturday night and was forced to sit out one game. In his absence, Shay ran the show against an NAIA opponent and the outcome was never in doubt after a 16-2 start for the Bucs (7-3).

“It was different because we’re used to Coach Forbes, but they know what they’re doing and we came ready to play,” said Jeromy Rodriguez, who finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucs.

ETSU’s biggest lead of the first half was the halftime score of 52-27 when Isaiah Tisdale nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Bucs led by as many as 48 points in the second half.

Five ETSU players scored in double figures. Freshman point guard Daivien Williamson also had 17 points, while James Harrison had 15, and Mladen Armus and Tray Boyd III both had 13.

FRESHMAN STARS

Williamson had the best game of his young career, going 4-for-6 from the field and making all eight of his free throws.

“I always say this, every night it’s going to be somebody different,” Rodriguez said. “He’s always ready to play when they call his name. He just went out there and made some plays.”

Williamson also had five assists and six rebounds while turning the ball over just once in 22 minutes.

“I’ve been in a little slump,” Williamson said. “I just came in and did what I had to do, push the tempo, defend the ball, get on the glass.

“I had a whole lot of fun. We won, so that’s all that matters.”

MYLES SMILES

Fan favorite Myles Rasnick came off the bench in the closing minutes and provided the most excitement of the night.

Rasnick hit back-to-back 3-pointers 21 seconds apart to push the Bucs to the 100-point mark. The walk-on from Knoxville has made 3 of 5 shots from 3-point range this year.

“We were expecting some big shots from Myles,” Rodriguez said. “I told the guys if he makes a shot, we’re just going to go crazy. He made two so we were excited.”

GOOD OUT

Patrick Good, one of ETSU’s guards, sat out the game to rest a sore hip he injured during the preseason. He’s expected back in the lineup Saturday when the Bucs play host to UT-Martin at 4 p.m.

TURNOVER PARTY

ETSU turned the ball over 22 times. Turnovers have been a concern at times for the Bucs.

“That’s disappointing,” Shay said. “Thirteen of those were from our centers. I think they got sped up and were trying high-risk passes.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Chris Rogers and Reginald Terrell led the Eagles with nine points apiece. Michael Mays, a former Tennessee High star, finished with seven, going 2-for-12 from the field.

Reinhardt shot 26 percent overall while the Bucs connected on 55 percent of their field goal attempts.

ETSU outrebounded the Eagles 64-26.

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